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FAQs

Sometimes there are questions about the library and its usage. Here are some of the frequently asked ones. If this doesn't answer your question, feel free to contact our Librarian, Brittany Emge.

How many books/audio books may I check out?

Lower School - 2
Middle School - 3
PreUpper, CommArts, Upper School - 4

Exceptions may be made upon request, books checked out with their matching audio book are considered one item.

How long can I keep my library materials?

Lower, Middle Schools - 2 weeks
PreUpper, CommArts, Upper School - 3 weeks

Items may be renewed upon request, if the item is not on hold. Students may return their materials to the library, the Upper School book return box, or the PreUpper School book return.

What about fines?

No fines are charged for overdue items. Students need to return and/or renew any overdue materials before additional items are checked.

What if my book is lost or damaged?

The librarian will determine the cost of repairing or rebinding damaged items. Lost items are assessed at the cost of the item.

Does the library have magazines?

Yes we provide a variety of educational magazines appropriate for all ages. Teachers and students may check magazines for 48 hours.

When may students come to the library?

The library maintains flexible scheduling. Students may come before or after school, between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm. Class visits are planned collaboratively with teachers. Individuals may come to the library with teacher permission. All students have access through their reading classes weekly. Parents are welcome at any time during normal library hours.

Is there computer access in the library?

Yes there are three (3) computers available to access Internet resources such as GALILEO, Reading Counts, and the library catalog. Students may be asked to bring their laptops for instructional purposes. The library is equipped with wireless Internet. The school's Technology Honor Policy will be observed during use of any computer on campus. The MSA Technology Department maintains and carefully monitors an Internet filter.

Does MSA have e-books and e-audiobooks?

Yes! We use OverDrive to check out digital books and audiobooks. There is a free app for most devices so you can listen using your smartphone or tablet. there is also a regular website for a computer to access the titles. MSA students have a unique login, and can check out up to 3 titles for 2 weeks at a time. These items are separate from our print library materials, so students have even more options for reading. Visit the E-Book Page to learn more.

Does MSA have any subscriptions for online research?

We have a subscription to GALILEO, which houses many awesome online research resources such as Encyclopedia Britannica, SIRS Discoverer, Academic Search Complete, and more. These databases are organized by grade level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12), and a school-wide password is needed to login. Students can search for articles, e-books, and other full-text reference materials from the GALILEO website. Some databases will even read the articles aloud, students can e-mail articles, and many databases will cite resources using MLA formatting for you. Students will be exposed to GALILEO throughout their education at MSA. Learn more at our Research & Resources page.