Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get a pass to visit the Learning Commons?
    The Caruso Learning Commons is open on most days during lunch periods for students to visit. Students must get a pass and fill out our sign-in sheet before their lunch period. (Many students visit us for passes before school or on their way to lunch.) You will be expected to eat lunch in the lunchroom first, show your pass to the lunch supervisors, and then come on by to visit us.

    Is the Learning Commons ever closed during lunch?
    Yes, we do have to close the LC from time to time due to the number of classes or activities happening in our space. We want to make sure that our space is conducive to learning and growing. Therefore, it's important to check with the LC staff to find out if the LC is open on a particular day.

    What can I do during lunch in the Learning Commons?
    Many students visit the LC to read a book, work on homework, or get creative in our makerspace. We have technology available such as LittleBits, Makey Makey, Ollie, and Sphero to explore during this time. (And we hope to get some of this technology integrated into your classroom instruction as well!)

    How long may I check out a book?
    A book checkout period is two weeks. (Keep in mind you may renew. Check out the info below to find out how!)

    How do I renew a book?
    You have two options. You may log in to your account online through our catalog page OR you may bring the book into the Learning Commons for a staff member to renew it for you. For online renewals, you are limited to one renewal period.

    How many books can I check out?
    As long as your account is in good standing, you can check out three books. Should you need more than three, please see the staff.

    What if I want a book that is checked out and unavailable?
    If the book you desire is unavailable, speak with the staff. We can put the book on hold for you. This means that when the book is returned, our computer alerts us. We then set it aside just for you, sending you an e-mail to let you know the book has arrived and is ready for you.

    What if I want a book that you don't have?
    There are books in series or new books that we may not be aware of right away. We LOVE it when students and staff let us know about great books to add to our collection. Just talk to the LC staff or send us an e-mail, and we'll look into it. This is YOUR Learning Commons, so we want it to reflect YOU.

    What are the fines for late books?
    There are no fines for late books; however, when you have late materials, your account is put on hold. This means you can't check out any new materials until you take care of your account--returning your book, renewing your book, or paying to replace it if it is damaged or lost.

    What does it cost to replace a book?
    When you access your library account through the catalog page, you will see an approximate cost of the book you checked out. The staff will work with you to find a current price should you need to replace the copy you've borrowed.