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Springbrook Elementary School Library: Policies

Program of Services

The School

Springbrook Elementary School is school is one of four elementary schools in Westerly, RI.  It serves a K-4 population of approximately 336 students. For more information on Springbrook Elementary visit

Westerly Public Schools Mission:

  "To create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment where students are encouraged and assisted in reaching their highest potential."

Library Media Center Mission

The mission of the Westerly Public School libraries is to provide activities and resources that will assist students and staff in becoming effective and discriminating users of information, developing a pattern of lifelong learning, and in fostering a love of reading.


  • Build foundations for high achievement, college and career readiness, and… through collaboration with faulty and administration.
  • Resources that are efficiently and effectively dispersed.
  • Promote Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship.
  • Changing class/learning spaces – responding to continued change
  •  Integrate new technologies and multiple pathways to information
  • Advocate for fair and equitable funding
  • Ensure equitable access to technology – resources for students and staff that is efficiently and effectively dispersed


  • Respond to individual needs of students/faculty and recognize uniqueness of individuals
  • Encourage lifelong love of reading
  • Effective and responsible users of information – more information is not equal understanding
  • Maintain high expectations
  • Empower students to meet their own information needs
  • Organize well curated resources that meet the needs of students and faculty
  • Collect multiple points of view, cultural issues, current and historical
  • Ensure library staff are dedicated to developing skill and ability with belief that all students can learn
  • Support and enrich students and faculty
  • Provide a facility/environment where students can pursue personal interests
  • Adhere to values in AASL Bill of Rights
  • Inspire creativity and problem solving

RILINK Interlibrary Loan Policy
(adopted February 3, 2016)


Please note: This consortium-level policy is meant to serve as a minimum guideline for RILINK member libraries. If a RILINK member library does not have its own Interlibrary Loan Policy, this policy will automatically apply. To inquire about a specific member library’s individual policy, please contact the library directly through the RILINK Member Directory.

RILINK’s mission is to foster innovative learning and creative research in school libraries through partnerships and resource sharing for student success.

In support of this mission, RILINK encourages all of its eligible member libraries* to join the LORI Network and actively participate in interlibrary loan and resource sharing.

RILINK member libraries that become LORI member libraries and participate in resource sharing and interlibrary loan must meet the requirements of the LORI Standards and are expected to adhere to the following interlibrary loan policy:

  • All items in a participating library’s collection that are generally available to the library’s local patrons must also be available through interlibrary loan

  • Interlibrary loan requests must be filled (or declined) as quickly as possible

  • Interlibrary loan requests will be filled at the discretion of the school librarian

  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed by patrons or library staff, depending on the needs of individual member libraries

  • Materials sent to fulfill interlibrary loan requests will be circulated for a minimum of 28 days to allow ample delivery time on either end of the loan period

  • Maximum interlibrary loan checkouts will be determined by individual member libraries

  • There is no charge for interlibrary loan transactions, with the following exceptions:

    • requesting libraries may charge overdue fines to requesting patrons who return interlibrary loan items late

    • requesting libraries may be billed the replacement cost of damaged or lost interlibrary loan items at the discretion of supplying libraries

  • A member library’s own patron hold requests will take precedence over interlibrary loan requests for the same item

  • Interlibrary loan requests may not be declined based solely on a requested item’s format

  • Items that are specifically reserved for in-library or classroom use may be temporarily excluded from interlibrary loan as needed

  • Any other collection items or special collections that are unavailable for interlibrary lending must be specified in the member library’s individual interlibrary loan policy; such restrictions must not violate compliance with the LORI Standards