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Library Guidelines

Library Hours

Monday to Friday, 7:45 am to 3:20 pm
Open nutrition and lunch.
Students may use the library during class time if they have a written pass from their teacher.

Circulation and Fees

  • Books may be checked out for two weeks at a time and renewed for an additional two weeks. A maximum of three books may be checked out at one time.
  • Magazines are for use in the library only and may not be checked out.
  • Reference materials are for library use and may not be checked out.
  • DVD’s are primarily for teacher use.
  • Each overdue book is charged at $.10 per school day. No fines are charged for weekends and holidays.
  • No fines will be charged if a book is renewed before the due date.
Computers, Printing, and Xerox Machine
  • There are 17 computers with Internet access and Microsoft Word.
  • You may NOT use your own disk or memory stick.
  • 10 cents per page

The San Pedro High School Library is organized by the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Ten Main Classes
000 – Generalities (encyclopedias, almanacs, unusual phenomena)
100 – Philosophy and Psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social Science (cultures, education, problems)
400 – Language (dictionaries)
500 – Natural Sciences and Mathematics (chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, geology, marine science)
600 – Applied Sciences (medicine, engineering, agriculture, manufacturing, technology)
700 – Arts (painting, drawing, architecture, music, recreation)
800 – Literature (drama, poetry, speeches, humor, essays)
900 – History (history, geography, travel)

There are two important numbers that you should know. Much of the work we do in school is about people. A book about more than one person is a collective biography. Collective biographies are classified as 920. A book about only one person is an individual biography. Individual biographies are classified as 921.

Call numbers are labels placed on the spine of the book. The call number tells you where the book can be located in the library. Following is a brief overview of what the call number contains.
  • Nonfiction Nonfiction books present facts without distorting the truth. Nonfiction call numbers are the Dewey classification number, and then the first three letters of the author's last name. These call numbers put all the books about the same subject together, in alphabetical order by the author's last name.
  • Individual Biography (921) The call number for an individual biography uses the Dewey number 921 and the first three letters of the last name of the person who is the subject of the book. All books about the same person are grouped together. Books are shelved in alphabetical order, making it easier to find a book about a specific person. For example, all books on George Washington would be shelved 921 WAS.
  • Reference Books (REF) Reference books provide extensive information on one or several subjects. These books may not be borrowed. The call numbers of reference books have a first line of "R" or "REF," the Dewey number for the subject first three letters of the author's last name, or the first three letters of the title if the author is not identified. The call number is on yellow spine labels and the books are shelved on the south side of the library.
  • Fiction Paperback Books Paperback books are shelved on the carousel bookshelves. An initial on the spine starts with the last name of the author.
  • Fiction Fiction books are the product of the author's imagination. While there may be factual events or persons in the story, a fiction book is not meant to be a resource of information. For fiction, the call number is “FIC” and then the first three letters of the author's last name.
  • Story Collections (SC) Story collections are collections of short stories and are shelved after the fiction books.
Students must be appropriately dressed to succeed in school. Hats may not be worn in classrooms, offices or the library. The student dress code policy is enforced in the library.
Students must have a current San Pedro High School ID card to borrow books and to use the library computers.