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(Library "cheat sheet")

Dewey Browse  - where would I find my topic in the Dewey Decimal System?

Definitions of fiction genres

Chaparral High School Library

Library Catalog Link

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Here's how to build a list of books as you search the library catalog, then print the list, and create a citation list of the books you want to use.

Here's how to find books in the library.


Welcome to the Library (Power Point presentation)

Click on the video below, or link to an MP4 file here.


How to Check Out a Library Book

1. Please wait in line at the sign until you are called to the counter.

2. Show your current CHS I.D. card to library staff, or a parent may check out books for you.

3. Library books are due in three weeks, but can be renewed unless another student has requested the book.

4. You may check out 1-2 novels at a time (in addition to core literature you are reading in class). You may also check out 1-2 nonfiction (information) books at a time, but just one on each research topic.

4. If a book you need is out, ask us to put a "hold" on it, and you will be the next person to check it out.

5. Overdue library books must be returned and fines paid before checking out a new book -- checking out library books is a privilege.


How to pay a library or textbook fine online (note: PRINT OUT THE RECEIPT and bring it to the library, paying online does not automatically clear your fine, you must bring us the receipt!)


Students may return textbooks before school, break, lunch, or after school. Teachers also make class appointments for textbook returns. SENIOR textbooks are due by Tuesday, May 30th at the latest. All other textbooks are due Friday, June 2nd, but students may turn them in earlier. Questions? Call the library at 951-695-4200 x130.

Holt Language of Literature anthologies (large collections of stories and poems)

We are getting new books next year, so these old books need to be returned. Please return the literature anthologies by this Friday, May 26. We have a buyer for these textbooks.

AP Summer Checkouts begin Thursday, May 25th -- you must turn in this semester's AP textbooks first

Students may check out AP textbooks for next year for these 9 courses ONLY: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental, AP Government, AP Psychology, AP U.S. History, AP World History, and AP English Language. Checkouts begin Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. We suggest checking these books out after school since each class has several books and they are a lot to carry around all day.

AP Literature students need to talk to Mr. Wells in room 454 about the novels they are reading this summer, and AP Human Geography students need to talk to Mrs. Brady in room 414 about their summer reading.

Students who cannot check out books 5/25 and 5/26 may check out their AP books after school May 30 - June 2. QUESTIONS? Call the library at 951-695-4200x130.


About the Library

Regular Library Hours

Monday 8 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Schedule on minimum days: LIBRARY CLOSES at 1 p.m.

The library is checking in textbooks the last two weeks of school, so there will be no after school library May 31-June 2.

The school will be CLOSED on Monday, June 5th (employee holiday).

The library will be open Tuesday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Telephone 951-695-4200 x130


Mrs. Sheila Ferguson, Library Technician II

Mrs. Sue Palomares, Library Assistant II (mornings)

Mrs. Ana Paz, Library Assistant II (afternoons)

Ms. Catherine Benson, Computer Lab Assistant II (see Computer Labs web page)


Textbook News

Students who have not yet paid their fines or returned books from first semester are on the fines list and will not be able to participate in school activities or pick up tickets for senior events until they clear.  

How to pay a fine online - print out your receipt and bring the receipt with you to the library.

QUESTIONS? Telephone 951-695-4200 x130


    **Money Saving Tips**

Avoid fines on library books and textbooks!

1. Check books carefully -- you have two weeks after checking a book out to report any damages such as writing, torn pages, or food or drink spills. If you do not report the damages promptly, you will have to pay for the damages when you return the book. It is the student's responsibility to check their books, not the library staff.

2. Keep a record of your textbook barcodes in your notebook, or take a picture of them on a cell phone.

3. Don't leave books in a classroom, even if the teacher offers a cupboard! If the book is damaged, lost or stolen from the classroom YOU are still responsible to pay for it.

4. Cover your textbooks to keep them clean; please don't tape covers to the actual book.

5. Avoid water damage, water turns to mold! Don't put drinks in a backpack with books. Put books in a plastic bag if you carry them to school on a rainy day.

6. Always return your book personally to the library counter so that we can be sure the book you are returning is the same one you borrowed.




Do you need an  I.D. card? Come to the library, we can print a new one for you. $5 if you lost the first one, FREE if you never got an ID card (new students, recent transfers). The ID "lost and found" is in the library, maybe yours is there waiting for you!


Library Rules

1. The library is a quiet place to read or study.

2. No food, drink, candy, or gum in the library, not even water. And ladies, please do not apply make-up in the library.

3. Computers are for school business only. You may print 5 pages free from library computers if it is school-related.

4. During class, you need a pass to stay in the library. Stop at the desk to make sure there is room for you, then sign in.

5. Sign up for CAT30 passes before school or at break on the same day. Your CAT30 teacher may not write you a pass to the library.

6. You need a current CHS ID card to check out books.

7. SAFETY FIRST in the library. Know where the exits are in case of a fire. Please do not block aisles by moving chairs (just 4 chairs to a table), keep backpacks and feet under the tables.