The Media Center’s print resources consist of approximately 14,000 books, 22 magazine subscriptions and 2 newspaper subscriptions. Information about each follows below.
Students may borrow up to 3 books for a period of 3 weeks. Books may be renewed by logging on to the catalog. Students can logon to the catalog by clicking on the “logon” button on the upper right of the screen and typing in the same logon protocol as when logging on to a school computer.
Please remember that borrowing books is a privilege. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if a book is overdue or if it is damaged. Damaged or lost books must be paid for: students may purchase a replacement copy or pay the Media Specialist for the cost of the book (a receipt will be provided).
To assist with locating them, books are divided into several different categories. This determines how they are used and where they are located.
Non-Fiction Books: This is the largest category of books. They are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal system. The Dewey Decimal system organizes information in a way that makes it easily retrievable. Non-fiction books are organized into 10 categories, each divided into ten subcategories. Each book is assigned a “call number” – a locator number – that helps you to find it.
000 – Computer science, information, and general works
100 – Philosophy and psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social sciences
400 – Languages
500 – Science
600 – Technology applied science
700 – Arts and recreation
800 – Literature
900 – History and geography
The Non-Fiction collection is where you will go when your teacher requires print resources for research papers in English, History and other classes. Non-fiction book call numbers will begin with numbers, never letters.
Fiction Books: The Media Center has a wide selection of fiction books, both hard cover and paperback, including current popular novels, contemporary poetry and short story collections. The fiction section is located in the “Smart Board area.” Fiction books are organized alphabetically by the first 3 letters of the author’s last name. Fiction book call numbers will begin with the prefix FIC.
Reserve Books: This collection contains books that are put “on reserve” by teachers when many students need to use the same few books at the same time. Reserve books are signed out by students at the circulation desk and are limited to use within the Media Center during the period for which they are signed out. To access the Reserve Collection, please ask at the Circulation Desk. The call numbers of books in the Reserve Collection will begin with the prefix LIT. RES.
How to Locate a Book
- Do a title, author or keyword search in the online catalog (ask for help if you are uncertain how to use the catalog).
- Write down the book’s title, author and call number.
- Remember that certain call numbers have prefixes that will help you determine where the book is located. For example, “FIC” call numbers are located in the fiction area by the Smart Board. Call numbers that begin with numbers rather than letters are located in the non-fiction “stacks” (the shelves opposite the circulation desk).
- Non-fiction books are located along the "outer perimeter" of the library. They are categories by numerical and then alphabetical order, according to the Dewey Decimal classification for that particular book.
If you are still having trouble locating a book – please ask for help!
Magazines are located behind the circulation desk. They are used only in the library and must be returned at the end of the period. Magazines are a great source for current news, information and pictures. Back issues are kept for 1 month and are also available for check-out. Our current selection of magazines includes:
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Car & Driver
Consumer Reports on Health
Martha Stewart Living
Print - Graphic Design Magazine
Variety Puzzle & Word Games
Newspapers are a great resource for current events information. The Media Center receives both print and digital copies of the following newspapers: The New York Times; The Record; and The Star-Ledger. In addition, a print copy of the weekly Wayne Today is also available.
The current day's print copies are available in the lounge area of the Media Center. Back issues are kept for one week behind the circulation desk.