Policies and Procedures

 The Library at HHS 

The library at Hanceville High school is committed to sharing the joy of reading and promoting the pursuit of knowledge. We believe that reading opens a window into new worlds.  We also believe that reading is the key that unlocks all other subjects in school. 

The library at HHS is more than just books. We are also available to assist students with class assignments, research projects, and technology needs. Our door is always open and we are always more than happy to help students in as many ways as we can. Click here to learn more about the purposes of the library at Hanceville High School. 

Library Hours 

The library at HHS is open 5 days a week, from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  The library remains open during break and lunch for student use. 

Circulation Policy 

Students are encouraged to remember the 2-2-2-2 rule when borrowing (checking out) items from the library: Students may borrow 2 books for 2 weeks and can renew those books 2 times.  Students can also reserve 2 books at one time.  Students are fully responsible for items they check out and cannot borrow items for other students.  Students with an overdue book will not be allowed to checkout a second one.   


Students are encouraged to bring books back on time. Students should return all items to the circulation desk. At that time, they can renew the book (if it is not on reserve for another student). 

Overdue Books

Overdue notices are given out to remind students to return books on time. An overdue fee of 50 cents will be added to a student's account for each month a book is overdue. 

Lost or Damaged Books

Students assume responsibility for books they borrow. The cost to replace a lost or damaged book will be charged to the student and that amount must be paid before additional books can be borrowed.  Students should report lost or damaged books as soon as possible. 

Online Library Catalog (OPAC) 

Students have access to the HHS Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our OPAC (Online Public 
Access Catalog).  Through this, students can search for books and materials in the library.  They can also use the OPAC to keep track of their own circulation records (by signing in with their Google accounts). The OPAC is quick-linked on the school's homepage and available under the Library tab.   

Students Visiting the Library 

Students are encouraged to come to the library during any period and during break and lunch.  Students visiting the library should have a pass from their teacher and are expected to follow all library rules and procedures. Students should not bring food or drinks to the library and should not disturb other students in the library. 

Students are welcomed to read books or magazines, to study, to work on assignments, or to use one of the computers or Chromebooks for school-related work.  Printing is available to students for 10 cents per copy.  

The Library Media Specialist

The library media specialist (or librarian) is available to assist students throughout the school day.  He will assist students with locating books, completing research or class projects (including the use of multi-media), using their Google accounts (and apps), and using technology.  Students are encouraged to get the most out of their visit to the library by asking the library media specialist for help when they need it.  The contact information for the library media specialist is available here.


School computer and Internet use is a privilege, not a right. Students may use the library's computers for book searches, creating documents (etc.), and for school-related Internet activities.  Students without computers or Internet access at home are encouraged to use those in the library. Students should not play games on the computers and should treat all equipment with care.  Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy (Pages 48-49 of the CCBOE Student Handbook). Students should report any issues to the library staff immediately.  Printing is available for 10 cents a page. 

Resources Beyond the Library 

Students are encouraged to use the resources available on the school's website. These help extend their access to informational beyond the walls of the school. These include the Alabama Virtual Library, digital reference works, digital books, and research tools such as Big6 and OWL.

 Selection Policy
Since the library is intended to be accessible to all students, it is important that it houses and provides instructional materials that cater to the needs of all individuals.  The American Library Association puts it this way, "The main objective of our selection procedure is to provide students with a wide range of educational materials on all levels of difficulty and in a variety of formats, with diversity of appeal, allowing for the presentation of many different points of view" (www.ala.org). Our collection is intended to support and enhance the whole curriculum and to meet the interests of all students and teachers.  Click here to see how this selection policy aides with collection development in the library at Hanceville High School.  

 Reconsideration of Materials

 Even though this selection policy is in place, individuals will occasionally object to materials housed in the library or provide through the library's website.  Complaints about materials should be made directly to the principal. The principal will invite the individual to discuss the issue in an attempt to resolve it by explaining the rationale behind the selection policies and the philosophies of intellectual freedoms and the students' right to access of materials.  If the issue is not resolved, the individual will be provided with a ​Request for Reconsideration Form​.  The procedures for this request can be seen here. 

 CCBOE Library Procedures and Policies

Cullman County Library Media Manual 

Cullman County Library Board Policies 

Please note: The Cullman County Library Media Centers provide services for the students, teachers, and community in which the LMCs are located. All of the LMCs operate by the District LMC Policies and Procedures Manual adopted and approved by the Cullman County Board of Education.  Librarians may choose to add additional policies and procedures unique to their school's library media center as long as they coincide with the District's plan. The librarian must ensure that any additional policies are approved by the local school principal and their library committee. 

Notice of Non-discrimination

The Cullman County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

April Tucker (Title IX Coordinator)

PO Box 1590

Cullman, AL 35056


Tiffanye Mitchell (504 Coordinator)

17600 US Hwy 31 N

Cullman, AL 35058



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