Griffin Middle School Library uses the Follett Destiny OPAC System for book circulation. Destiny houses the catalog of all library resources and provides the software for book check-in/out.
What do students need to check out book(s)?
Student ID (Lunch #)
Students enter their student ID/lunch number in the keypad at the circulation desk to bring up their library account. Griffin is self-checkout, so once the library account is up, students will scan the Griffin Middle School bar code on the book to record it to their library account. If students have overdue or lost books, they must get the school librarian or media paraprofessional to clear library account errors before proceeding. Never walk away with a library book if you have an error on your library account.
How many books can I check out?
Students may check out 2 books at a time.
How long can I check a book?
Students may check out books for 2 weeks. However, students are encouraged to return books as they finish reading them as other students may have the book on hold and are awaiting for it to be returned. If there is no book hold on the due book(s), students may re-check out library books when it becomes due.
Can I place a library book on hold?
Yes. Students may place any library book on hold. When a book becomes available, students are notified via their homeroom teacher to pick up the book.
Will I receive overdue book notices?
Yes. Every Monday, overdue book notices are printed and delivered to homeroom teachers to distribute to students. Please take overdue book notices seriously. Many students are waiting for books to be returned, and we want to provide equitable access to books for all students. Additionally, parents will receive overdue notices via email.
Will I be charged for an overdue book?
Yes and no. You will not incur late fines for books returned after the due date, but if the book becomes 30 days or more overdue, a lost book fee is assessed, and it will not go away until it is paid or the book(s) are returned. This means, the lost book fine goes with you to every school in Cobb County. You will not be able to graduate if you owe library fines in Cobb Schools. Additionally, at Griffin, if you withdraw from Cobb Schools, the book fine must be paid to receive student records.
Please note: Many students say they have returned a book when Destiny still shows it is checked out. It is the student’s responsibility to care for the return of the book, or pay the lost book fine.
Lost book fines are equal to the cost of replacement. Sorry, but the library cannot accept book donations in lieu of payment as we must purchase library bound books.
How do I pay for lost book fines?
Parents may pay lost book fines through the school bookkeeper or online through My Payments Plus. Students may visit the school library and ask for a lost book invoice, if needed. The library does not store, handle, or process money for any kind of school payments.
What happens if I damage a book?
Damaged books are treated like lost books because they can no longer be used by patrons. Therefore, damaged books are assessed a fine equal to the cost of replacing the book. Damage includes, but is not limited to, water, mud, dirt, food, mold, torn pages/spines, writing in the book, pet damages, and beverage spills.
What happens after I pay a book fine?
The school librarian is notified of the payment and your lost book fine is removed from your library account. Please note that Griffin’s librarian cannot update library accounts at other schools in the district. Library fines from other schools must be settled at that respective school.
Can teachers check out books?
Yes! And it’s highly encouraged! What better way to suggest books and have discussions than if you are reading what our kids are reading!