[library-media] Students who leave school still owing books

Kirsten Weber kirsten.weber at sevier.k12.ut.us
Wed Dec 2 12:25:00 MST 2009


We have a checkout form the students get from the office. The form  
includes the library checkout information. They are required to check  
out with me before they can hand in the form. I write down what the  
student still has checked out, as well as what it costs to replace it.  
I also include overdue book fines. If they don't return the book then  
their account is charged. Our school requires all fees to be paid  
before they send transcripts to another school. I don't think they can  
legally withhold them, but that is what the understanding is for our  
students and their parents. It works for us. I seldom don't get the  
books back or the money to replace the books not returned.

Kirsten Weber
Media Coordinator
Richfield High School
510 W. Wildcat Way
Richfield, UT  84701
(435) 896-8247

On Dec 2, 2009, at 12:16 PM, Caryn McGinty wrote:

> Once again this morning we have a student who dropped out and never  
> returned the two books she borrowed. Both of them, of course, were  
> very popular ones with long lists of students waiting to read them.  
> This happens every week or two, where someone either drops out or  
> transfers to another school and doesn't ever return their books. It  
> makes me so irate! Because of financial troubles with our district I  
> literally do not have a budget this year, so I can't just replace  
> any books that walk away. Now all those students who were waiting to  
> read those two books will be disappointed.
> Kids at this high school are supposed to check out with everyone  
> before they leave, but many of those who owe books either skip  
> library checkout or simply don't bother to check out at all. There  
> seems to be no recourse. I'm just told, with a shrug, "Well, they're  
> already gone so there's not much we can do about it now."
> Is that true? Or is there something that can be done? In my high  
> school and university if you owed anything at all you couldn't get  
> your transcripts, so you couldn't transfer or graduate. But that was  
> in a different state, as well as several years ago. How on earth do  
> you prevent this from happening? Or, when it happens, how do you  
> rectify it?
> Caryn
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