Class Visits: Guidelines for Elementary School Groups
Please schedule school group visits with library staff at least one week in advance of the dates you prefer. Library staff may be unable to adequately accommodate drop-in visits. We have a large preschool story time on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Because of this, we ask that you plan on scheduling any morning visits on Tuesdays or Fridays. We can accommodate early afternoon visits any day except Monday.
Please notify the library as soon as possible if a group needs to cancel a visit.
The library encourages all students to have their own library cards. These library cards can be used to check out materials and can be used by the students to access the library databases from school or from home. Library card applications are available in English and in Spanish. We require a parentís signature to issue cards to any child who is under 12 years old. In order for library cards to be ready for a class visit, the completed applications need to be given to us at least a day in advance of the visit. To ensure that we can issue all cards on the day of the visit, please check the applications for legibility, parental signature and complete information.
Teachersí cards will be issued at the Main Library Children's Desk. They are designed for use at the Main Library. Please refer to the Teacher's Card information sheet for more information.
At the time the class visit is scheduled, we need to know of any special needs your class will have for the visit. Let us know if you are researching a specific topic, alert us of any assignment parameters, and specify the type of materials needed. Please let us know if the student can use our databases in their research.
Teachers should decide on the number and type of items, such as videos or CDs, their class may check out, within library limits, and share that decision with library staff.
Because Colorado has a strict privacy law, library staff are unable to give out information to teachers about specific items charged to a student. If possible, library staff will inform teachers when a student's card may be blocked because of overdue materials, fines, lost books, etc. We suggest that teachers, prior to their library visit, encourage their students to return any overdue or lost materials, and pay any fines they may owe.
Fines will be imposed on all teen and adult items that are late, and the library will collect lost item fees. The lost fee is the cost of replacement plus a $5.00 processing fee. Teachers are not responsible for items checked out on an individual child's card.
Before the school year begins, those private or public schools interested in setting up regular library visits should contact the appropriate branch of the Boulder Public Library. Library staff will go over the guidelines, conduct orientations for teachers, and furnish library card applications.