About the Library
- Mission & Vision
- About the Library
- Library Policies for Students
- Library Policies for Staff
- When May I Visit the Library?
- Why Can I Visit the Library?
- How Should I Behave When I Visit the Library?
- How Can I Find Books?
- Library Reports
The mission of the Midlothian ISD Library Media Services is to empower all for a lifetime of learning.
Our vision is to:
impact academic achievement by supporting curriculum
create an environment of engaging learning experiences
foster collaborative opportunities for all stakeholders
serve the unique needs of the learning community
strive to be at the forefront of educational technology
teach responsible digital citizenship
provide an information commons where inquiry, knowledge, innovation, and creativity coexist
Meadows Library is a joint public and high school library, funded in partnership by the City of Midlothian and Midlothian ISD. The library is located at Midlothian High School but is open to the public during and after school hours. Borrowing privileges are extended to local residents and MISD students and staff.
Library Book Limit
Students may check out five physical library books at a time.
Length of Checkout Period
Library books are due three weeks from the day they are checked out. If a student would like more time to read a book, they are welcome to renew the book for an additional three week period. Items with holds on them may not be renewed.
Items Available for Checkout
Students can check out physical books and books on CD from the library. Ebooks and digital audiobooks are available for checkout through Sora by OverDrive. Students are not allowed to check out DVDs.
Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Library Books
At the time a library book is checked out, a receipt is provided with a "due date". Students are responsible for returning books on time according to this receipt. Students will be expected to pay for the replacement cost of lost or damaged books.
Visiting the Library
At this time, the library is only open to students checking out and returning books. Please browse our catalog online before coming to check out in order to limit the handling of the physical books. Students will be expected to have their ID and a Smart pass, unless coming during passing periods.
Printing & Copies
Because this is a joint public/school library, students have access to computers with printing capabilities and the ability to make copies if needed. Please be aware that color printing/copies are not available. There is a $.10 per page charge for any black & white prints/copies. Cash payment is required at the time of the print/copy; change can be given. Students will need to check in at the circulation desk before using a library computer.
Equipment Checkout Procedures
To assure that equipment will be available when needed, be sure to make reservations at least one week in advance, when possible. Please call x5211 or email Julie Post or Risa Ashley.
Reserving a Cart of Books for Your Classroom
Teachers may check out a cart of books on a subject being studied in class. Teachers are asked to consult with Julie Post or Risa Ashley at least one week prior to the date when the books will be used. This is to ensure that the appropriate materials will be available. At the time of checkout, teachers will be given a list of all books checked out in their name.
Reserving the Library
Teachers may request that the a section of library tables or one of the rooms be reserved for specific classes on specific days. This should be done at least one week in advance, when possible, to ensure that space and materials will be available. However, teachers should be aware that since the Library operates on a completely flexible schedule, students with passes from other classes will be admitted to the library throughout the school day. Please call x5211 or email Julie Post or Risa Ashley.
*At this time, the library is only open to students checking out books or returning books. Only 10 students will be allowed in at a time.
Before School: When possible, the library is open before school for students who need a place to work, want to read, or need a place to collaborate*. Morning visitors must be purposeful and not disruptive to others.
During the School Day: Students may visit the library as a class or individually with their ID and a PASS. All students must be purposeful and not disruptive to others. Students visiting with a PASS will be admitted to the library when possible.
During Lunch: Students may visit the library during their lunch period although eating is not allowed at this time*. A teacher pass is not required for students visiting during their lunch period. Students are not permitted to move seating and should not be disruptive. Students are responsible for cleaning their areas before leaving.
After School: At this time, the library is open to the public Tuesday - Thursday until 6 pm, and Saturday 10 - 4.
Any time students visit the library during school hours they must have their school ID.
*At this time, the library is only open to students checking out books, returning books, or with research questions. Only 10 students will be allowed in at a time.
To Ask for Assistance: Students and staff are welcome to visit the library for technical support, online resources, ideas, etc.
To Explore the Makerspace: Students can utilize the makerspace activities when the library is open. For more information, check out the makerspace page*.
To Check Out E-books: Students and staff can visit the library to learn how to check out e-books from laptops or from other personal devices.
To Check Out Physical Books: Students and staff are welcome to check out materials from the library.
How can I find books?
Books are organized by genre so that readers can browse the shelves to find items of interest.
- Fiction - Young Adult (YA) fiction books are shelved by Genre and then the author's last name. MHS genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Scary, Graphic Novels, Manga, Classics, Mysteries, Realistic Fiction, Adventure, Sports, Humor, Romance, Star Wars, Spanish, and Historical Fiction. Middle grade fiction (JUV) and Adult fiction are also available and shelved by author's last name.
- Spanish - There is a growing section of Spanish fiction, nonfiction, and biographies.
- Biography - Books are shelved by the subject's last name.
- Nonfiction - Books are arranged using the Dewey system.
- Ebooks & Digital Audiobooks - These books are available through Sora.
Students are encouraged to use their school issued laptops to look up books online in the Destiny catalog.
For help on using the Destiny catalog and Sora, please visit our Help page.