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Balancing access to the library – how do you do it?

Have you ever dealt with everyone wanting access to the library resources at the same time? How do you handle it? Sometimes teachers don’t want to share a large room that will hold 3 classes. Reasons vary

  1. it would be distracting to their students 
  2. their students will be disruptive to others 
  3. they want the library to be totally quiet 
  4. they want the librarian’s total undivided attention 
  5. they don’t want others seeing what or how they teach 
  6. they "know" the other teachers involved won’t control their students and they don’t want to feel stressed by the other class
  7. they don’t want to share the resources but enable their students to have exclusive use during their time

How do you handle discipline when there are several classes in the room at one time and one teacher refuses to quiet his or her students, leave the room when you ask them to do so, or be considerate of the other class? 

How do you handle it when certain teachers want to schedule their classes all the time? 


  1. Jim Randolph says:

    I’ll be interested to see what answers you get. I guess one option would be to have student monitors for classes. As for over scheduling teachers, I don’t know. I guess get the grade levels or media committee to come up with a plan.

  2. Alice Yucht says:

    1. Establish Library Scheduling Rules: No teacher may book more than 3 days in a row in any one month, teachers may not book more than 6 days in any one month, and teachers cannot book days more than 6 weeks in advance.
    2. Establish (and get principal approval of) Guides to Acceptable Class Behavior and Supervision in the Library.
    3. Get the principal to approve a set of *Guidelines for Multi-class Room Use* that clearly states how YOU want students to behave in the Library… and that these guidelines apply to both teachers and students.

    Sounds rigid, but makes it easier for *everyone* in the long run.

  3. My space is large enough for 2 classes. The number of computers available usually limits research classes to one at a time, however. I usually schedule 1 research class and 1 check-out class together. We have a sign up system, and it’s basically first come, first served. Teachers who don’t plan ahead often can’t get in, so I think it helps force people to think about their lesson schedules. I have had situations when one class is coming in for a 2nd or third day & don’t need my attention ( I have an aide,) and if another class needs research time, I will take resources to them in their classroom or computer lab. We do everything in our power to fulfill everyone’s needs, my faculty knows this, and I really haven’t had any major issues.