Students

Students attending Missouri School for the Blind may check out two books or magazines and one video at a time. Most materials may be checked out for two weeks. Materials that are for classroom use only (with the exceptions listed below) may be checked out for up to a semester. In cases where a student needs to check out additional materials for class work, that may be allowed. Most materials may be renewed as long as no one else has requested them.

Exceptions:

  • Videos may be checked out for one week at a time.
  • Reference materials are for use in the library, although for special circumstances they may be checked out for overnight use.
  • Newspapers are for use in the library only.
  • Seasonal items may be checked out for one week at a time during periods of high use.

Staff

There is no limit to the number of library materials that Missouri School for the Blind staff members may check out for classroom use. Most materials may be checked out for two weeks at a time. Materials that are for classroom use (with the exceptions listed below) may be checked out for up to a semester. Most materials may be renewed as long as no one else has requested them.

Exceptions:

  • Reference materials are for use in the library only, although for special circumstances they may be checked out overnight.
  • Newspapers are for use in the library only.
  • Seasonal items may be checked out for one week at a time during periods of high demand.

Parents/Guardians

Parents and guardians of students who attend Missouri School for the Blind may check out library materials in their child’s name. Parents may check out materials to read or watch with their child. In this case, the same guidelines apply as for students – two books or magazines and one video at a time (see student guidelines above).

Parents and guardians may also check out materials from the Professional Library that pertain to their child’s education and visual impairment or other disability.  To see a listing of Professional Library materials that may be of interest to a parent of a child who is blind or visually impaired, go to the MSB online catalog, at http://msb.follettdestiny.com.  Click on “Missouri School for the Blind”.  Next click on “Resource Lists” on the left, then on “Public Lists” on the right, then select “Parent Materials” from the list.  By clicking on individual titles you can find out more about them.

Parents may check out materials for two weeks at a time, with the exceptions listed below:

  • Videos may be checked out for one week at a time.
  • Reference Materials are for use in the library only.
  • Newspapers are for use in the library only.
  • Seasonal items may be checked out for one week at a time during periods of high use.

Local Education Agencies (LEA)

Professionals at local education agencies around the state of Missouri who work with students with visual impairments may borrow certain professional materials from the Professional Development Lending Library. For more information, click here:Professional Development Lending Library

Also, educators who work with students with visual impairments at schools throughout Missouri may borrow braille and print-braille library books from the Missouri School for the Blind library collection for their students’ use. For more information, click here: Borrow Braille and Print-Braille Books

General Public

The Library Media Center at Missouri School for the Blind is open to anyone who would like to use the materials on the premises during regular library hours (Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. when school is in session).

Library materials are not available for checkout to the general public, however. The general public includes anyone who is not a current student, parent of a current student, current staff member or representative of a LEA who is working with a student who is deafblind or visually impaired.