Library FAQ

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • When is the Library open?

    Monday - Thursday 8-4
    Friday 8-2

    The library is closed to students during Tefila.
    The library is generally closed to High School students during Middle School Recess.
    The library is generally closed to Middle School Students during high School Lunch.

    The Library may be closed at times during the day when classes meet in the library, or when teachers have scheduled time for their class to do research in the library. Please see the library schedule for specific information.
  • What are the borrowing policies for the library?

    General Circulation Policies:
    • Most books circulate for a flexible 2 week loan period.
    • DVDs and VHS circulate overnight.
    • Reference books do not circulate. Overnight exceptions may be made under special circumstances, and at the librarian's discretion.  Please see Mrs. Ulric if you feel you need a reference book overnight. Failure to return Reference books the next day will result in loss of the privilege from that time on.
    • Overdue fines may be charged at the librarian's discretion in order to foster a greater sense of responsibility, and ensure timely access to materials for all students.
    • Charges are as follows:
      • Regular 2-week material: 5¢ per day 
      • Reference (overnight): $1 per day 
      • Videos/DVDs (overnight): $1 per day
    • Charges max out at the replacement cost of the book.
    • Avoid charges by returning library material on-time. Regular 2-week material may be renewed in the library, provided that a request has not been made for it. Reference books MAY NOT be renewed. There will be no charges for days that school is closed.
    • Notices will be sent when possible, but you are responsible for knowing when your material is due.
    • Report cards will be held at the end of the year until your library record is cleared by returning or paying for all loaned materials.
  • What is appropriate library behavior?

    • Voices should be kept low so as not to disturb students trying to work.
    • Do not sit on the tables, or otherwise mistreat the furniture.
    • Seating is not allowed in the stacks. You must be visible from the librarian's desk.
    • Use of electronics is allowed, but please be considerate of other people. You are expected to use headphones to limit noise in the library. Exceptions may be made, but you may be asked to turn off sound at any time.
    • Males must wear kippot at all times.
    • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Can I eat and/or drink in the Library?

    Middle School: MS students must eat lunch in the Ulam.  The library will be available during recess (after benching), but no food may be brought in. 

    High School: HS Students may bring their lunches to the library (dairy and pareve only. NO MEAT, nothing smelly). Students must clean up after themselves, or the privilege will be revoked.  

    Drinks with closeable lids are allowed. Drinks must be kept closed except when being drunk to avoid spills.

    Food (when allowed) and drink may only be consumed at the tables in the library.
  • Can I make copies and/or print in the library?

    The photocopier is available for individual copies of research materials, and other appropriate uses.  Please double-side your copies to save paper. If you need to copy or print more than 15 pages, please ask the librarian for permission.
    If you need to make sets of a presentation for a class, it should be given to the teacher in advance. The library photocopier may not be used to make multiple classroom sets of presentations.
    The photocopier is also the printer for the library computers.  The is NO color copier available for students.

    The photocopier is intended for student individual use. Teachers needing to make classroom sets shoud use the faculty room photocopier.
  • Are there computers in the library?

    Of course!
    Computers in the library are primarily for school-related work and research. Non-violent games, and personal use such as email are permitted only if the computers are not needed for academic work. Anyone using the computers for personal reasons, MUST give up the computer to anyone needing it for school if asked. Refusal to do so may result in loss of computer privileges. Printing is allowed for school-related purposes only. Please see the school’s acceptable use policy for further information.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Print Collection

    The Meislin library contains over 10,000 print holdings covering both the Judaic and secular curriculum of Golda Och Academy.  Materials can be found in both English and Hebrew.

    The collection strives to be an evolving resource, covering the subjects studied at the appropriate levels.  We also have a strong fiction collection to encourage further reading for pleasure.

  • Audio-Visual

    The Meislin library collects films that can be used to enhance and supplement the curriculum of Golda Och Academy. The collection is primarily non-fiction, but also collects feature films that connect to the curriculum, including many Hebrew-language films.  Movies may be borrowed by students on 1 day loans.

  • Electronic Resources

    The Meislin Library has an extrememly strong collection of electronic databases, which include both original material, and curated material from other publications syuch as magazines, academic journals and books.  The databases cover every subject covered in our curriculum, including Judaic subjects.

    Database access is limited to members of the GOA community. to access the databases, please use the Resource Boards when you are logged into the website.

    A full list of availble resources is below:

    Bar-Ilan Online Responsa Project 
    Biblical Archaeology Review Online
    Britannica Online    
    Encyclopaedia Britannica, Annals of American History, World Data Analyst
    EBSCO Databases
    Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia 
    Academic Search Premier
    MAS Ultra – School Edition
    Student Research Center
    MasterFile Premier
    Biography Collection Complete
    Points of View
    History Reference Center
    Literary Reference Center
    NoveList Plus &  NoveList K-8 Plus
    Health Source: Consumer Edition
    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition,
    Nursing and Allied Health Collection
    Science Reference Center
    Biomedical Reference Collection
    Facts on File
    Bloom’s Literary Reference Online
    Curriculum Resource Center
    Health Reference Center
    History Online
    Issues & Controversies in American History
    Science Online
    World Geography & Culture
    Gale Databases
    Biography in Context
    Custom Newspapers
    Global Issues in Context
    Literature Resource Center
    Opposing Viewpoints
    Virtual Reference Library (reference ebooks)
    The New York Times (including the crossword!)
    NoodleTools (bibliography and note-taking tool)
    Rosen Teen Health and Wellness
    Salem History and  Salem Literature 
    World Book Encyclopedia