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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Carlsbad Unified School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that school library media centers support the educational program by providing access to a variety of informational resources. The Board desires to provide library media centers with up-to-date books, reference materials, and electronic information resources necessary to promote literacy, support students in achieving academic standards, and encourage students to become lifelong learners.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 6000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books and Materials)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

School libraries shall be open for use by students and teachers during the school day. (Education Code 18103)

The District's school libraries may provide: (5 CCR 16040)

1. Library instruction to students that enables them to become proficient users of library resources

2. Information to teachers and administrators concerning sources and availability of instructional materials that will aid in the development of school curriculum, and, in cooperation with classroom teachers, the development of instructional units and activities using library resources

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

3. Assistance to teachers and students in the evaluation, selection, production, and uses of instructional materials

4. A collection of materials and resources that support the curriculum and are appropriate for user needs

5. Assistance to teachers, administrators, and other school staff members in becoming knowledgeable about appropriate uses of library media services, materials, and equipment

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for the selection and evaluation of library materials.

Library Plans

Whenever a school receives state funding for school and library improvement pursuant to Education Code 41570-41573, the school site council shall develop a single plan for student achievement which incorporates a districtwide plan for school libraries. (Education Code 41572)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

The districtwide library plan shall describe the District's vision and goals for the District's libraries and action steps including how funds will be distributed to school sites. As appropriate, the plan may also address staffing, facilities, selection and evaluation of materials, prioritization of needs, and other related matters.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

Classroom Libraries for Grades K-4

When state funding is available for library materials in grades K-4 classrooms, the Superintendent or designee shall develop, for certification by the Board, a districtwide classroom library plan grades K-4. The plan shall include a means of preventing loss, damage, or destruction of the materials. (Education Code 60242, 60422)

(cf. 6161.2 - Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials)

The districtwide plan for school libraries developed pursuant to Education Code 41572 may fulfill this requirement provided the plan meets the criteria of Education Code 60242.

The Superintendent or designee is encouraged to consult with primary grade teachers and school and/or county office of education library media teachers in the development of the plan and to consider selections from the list of books recommended by the State Librarian pursuant to Education Code 19336.

Selection and Evaluation of School Library Materials

Library materials shall include print and electronic resources that align with the curriculum and are accessible to students with varying cognitive or language needs.

Responsibility for the selection of library materials is delegated to the professional library staff through the principal. School library staff shall evaluate materials, using professional selection aids and standards, in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. The selection process shall invite recommendations from administrators, teachers, other staff, parents/guardians, and students as appropriate.

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

Library materials should be continually evaluated in relation to evolving curricula, new formats of materials, new instructional methods, and the needs of students and teachers. Materials that contain obsolete subject matter or are no longer appropriate shall be removed, and lost or worn materials may be replaced if possible.

(cf. 3270 - Sale and Disposal of Books, Equipment and Supplies)

All gifts and donations of school library materials shall be subject to the same criteria as materials selected for purchase by the District.

Complaints regarding the appropriateness of library materials shall be addressed using the district's procedures for complaints regarding instructional materials.

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)


Students shall be allowed to borrow school library materials at no charge for use in the library and classrooms as well as out of school. (5 CCR 16042)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

To encourage students to return materials in a timely manner, a nominal fee may be charged for the late return of materials.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)


The District shall, on or before August 31 each year, report to the California Department of Education on the condition of school libraries for the preceding year ending June 30. (Education Code 18122)

Legal Reference:


1703 Coordination of district library services by county superintendent

1770-1775 Provision of library services by county superintendent

18100-18203 School libraries

18300-18571 Union high school district/unified school district library district

19335-19336 Reading Initiative Program; recommended books

41570-41573 School and Library Improvement Block Grant

42605 Tier 3 categorical flexibility

44868-44869 Qualifications and employment of library media teachers

45340-45349 Instructional aides

60119 Sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials; public hearing

60240-60251.5 State Instructional Materials Fund, purchase of classroom library materials

60420-60424 Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program


18181 Districtwide library plan

52012 Establishment of school site council

52014-52015 School plans


16040-16043 School libraries

80053 Library media service teaching credential


6383 Improving Literacy Through School Libraries grant program

Management Resources:


School Library Program Standards, September 2010

School Library Standards for Students, September 2010

Check It Out! Assessing School Library Media Programs, 1998

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve


Standards and Guidelines for Strong School Libraries, 2004


American Library Association:

California Department of Education, School Libraries:

California Library Association:

California School Library Association:


adopted: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: August 24, 2011