About the Media Center

  • Mission:

    The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information enabling them to be life-long learners. 


    To assist students in the development of critical thinking skills necessary to retrieve, analyze, and utilize information.
    To be an integral part of the instructional program.
    To expand oral, visual, written, and technological literacy.
    To provide a variety of resources that supports the instructional programs of a diverse population.
    To promote the pursuit of reading for enjoyment.


    The staff for the media center consists of one media specialist and student assistants.  The Media Specialist’s hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each school day. 


    The media center collection consists of over 10,500 books, 35 magazine and 3 newspaper subscriptions and 17 computer workstations.  Students also have access to a variety of on-line resources including: GaleNet   a series of on-line databases containing: The Discovering Collection ,Student Resource Center-Bronze, and General Reference Center and GROLIER ONLINE . Students can get logins and passwords from the Media Specialist for home access. 

    Video Library:

    Teachers have access to an on-line video booking system provided by Televised & Library Media Services where there are close to 10,000 titles available. 

    Instructional Television:

    Instructional television is available to Thomas Jefferson High School through RPS channels 7 and 9, PBS channels 23 and 57, Cable In The Classroom, and satellite broadcasts.


    Policies for Students:

    • The media center is open from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The center is also open during lunch period for students’ use without a pass
    • A pass is required to enter the media center during regular school hours. 
    • Students may borrow books for two weeks with the option to renew books for another two weeks.Students with overdue materials will not be able to borrow additional items until the overdue item is returned or paid for. No food or drink is allowed in the media center.
    • Copies are ten cents per page for the copy machine and the computers.Students may use the computers in the media center after consulting with the media specialist.  All RPS Internet policies will be enforced and are posted in the media center.  Students who do not adhere to these rules will lose computer privileges.Click below for useful research links:Educational Links & Databases



    Since a library serves students ranging in ages, a wide variety of materials is needed.  What is interesting and appropriate for eighth graders may not be appropriate for sixth graders; what is a good selection for a junior in high school may not be appropriate for an eighth grader.  If you choose a book that makes you or your parents uncomfortable, please return it and choose another one.