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About the PHS Library Media Center

Library Hours

The library is open on school days Monday through Friday 7:15am - 5pm

Students may sign up to use the library and its resources during their Learning Centers and PRIDE Block.

Students must be signed up for Learning Centers and PRIDE Block in advance (at least 30 minutes before the bell).

Students may sign up online. Click here for instructions. Only advisors may sign students up for PRIDE Block.

The library is a place to read, research, study, and create.
Students may work independently or complete small group projects quietly.
Laptops, desktops and printers are available for academic work.

Library expectations apply before, during and after school.

Using the Library

Borrowing Procedures

  • All items taken from the library must be checked out.
  • Book checkout period is three (3) weeks. 
  • Media checkout period is seven (7) days.
  • Periodicals may be checked out for three (3) days.
  • You may have a total of ten (10) items checked out at the same time.
  • There is a $.10 per school day fine for each overdue item.
  • If you have an overdue book you may not check out any library materials. 
  • All lost items must be paid for or replaced.
  • Please allow time to check out.  If you wait until the last minute you may be late for class.

Inter-Library Loan

  • Students may request items from other RI libraries.
  • ILL delivery is on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Students are notified by email when requested materials are ready for checkout.
  • Borrowing Procedures apply to all ILL materials.
  • Portsmouth High School is an active member of RILINK and the LORI Network and adheres to the RILINK interlibrary loan policy.

Library Notices

  • "Due Soon" emails are sent to student email accounts 3 days before the due date.
  • "Overdue" emails are sent to student email accounts on Mondays.
  • "Outstanding Fines" notices are hand delivered to students on Mondays.
  • "Lost Materials" invoices are sent home for items more than 30 school days overdue.