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MDIHS Library: About the Library

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Library Mission:

The MDIHS Library is committed to providing leadership and support in the promotion of lifelong learning, intellectual freedom and access to information in all formats, and a broad range of ideas in an atmosphere of free inquiry, ethical use, and confidentiality. Through collection development, teacher collaboration, and student instruction, the library staff works to support the curriculum, teach information literacy skills, foster literature appreciation, and promote social responsibility.


Our library is a place where students can come to learn and read and grow. But our library is also not just a place with thousands of books. It is research and inquiry. It is literacy. It is online 24/7. It is tools to develop and use. It is creativity. It is skills we need. It is equal access.

It is a way for you to develop your voice.

Library Rules:


1. Work hard.

2. Be nice.

3. Eat elsewhere.




Students are encouraged to come to the library for a variety of reasons throughout the course of the school day. 

Students may come to the library in the following ways.

From a supported study hall: students must get a library pass from a librarian and then present that pass to their supported study hall teacher for approval. Students may be denied admission to the library in two ways--if the library is not available at the time the student wishes to come to the library (because of a class or presentation or too many students being in the library already or previous behavioral issues that warrant no admittance) [Library Decision], or if the supported study hall teacher decides that the student is not eligible for the level of independence and freedom offered by being in the library [Classroom Decision].

From a class: students must get a pass from the teacher of the class after the teacher ensures (by calling or stopping by) that it is acceptable with the librarian for the student(s) to come to the library and preferably at the beginning of the block. 

Students may leave the library only with a pass.

From the library: All students are required to get a laminated library pass to leave the library for whatever reason. If a student is going back to class, students will be issued a paper pass with date, time, and destination.


*Students coming to the library for instruction or research as a part of a class with a teacher do not need a pass as the teacher and librarian have made previous arrangements. 



While in the library students are expected to be quiet and respectful of others in the space. It is with the understanding that being in the library is a privilege that students are expected to work independently and are responsible for completing work for their classes as assigned by their teachers. 

If a teacher is sending students from class to the library on their own after a block has started, the teacher should call to confirm that it is okay to send students and discuss with the librarian why they are coming.