BHISD Library Procedures


The mission of the Barbers Hill ISD Library Media Program is to provide age-appropriate resources and to enable patrons to retrieve, evaluate, and utilize information as well as to develop a love of reading and life-long learning.


The primary goals of the library media center are to deliver, support, enrich, and assist in implementing the District's educational program. The Board shall rely on District certified personnel to select and acquire instructional resources that:

  • Enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration students' varied interests, abilities, learning styles, and maturity levels.
  • Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, enjoyment of reading, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and societal standards.
  • Present various sides of controversial issues so that students have an opportunity to develop, under guidance, skills in critical analysis and in making informed judgments in their daily lives.
  • Represent many ethnic, religious, and cultural groups and their contributions to the national heritage and world community.
  • Provide a wide range of background information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
For more information
Contact District Lead Librarian, Jennifer Jones.

Campus Libraries

Internet Safety

Resources for Parents

At Barbers Hill, students are taught the importance of online safety. Below are a few links parents can use to help reinforce safe internet practices at home.

Attorney General of Texas - Cyber Safety

Teacher Resources

Lesson plan template from TexQuest - This template provides a framework for planning a lesson based on the 5E model. (BH Email account required for access)

TexQuest Resources for Teachers (BH email account required for access)

Copyright Law

See U.S. Copyright Office for detailed information.

"Fair Use" Criteria

The statutory criteria for judging the "fair use" of copyrighted materials are:
  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit education purposes,
  • the nature of the copyrighted works,
  • the amount and substantiality of the part used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.

Guidelines for Copies

The agreement between publishers, educators, and authors set forth guidelines for librarians and teachers on making single copies. The following are allowed:

  • a chapter from a book
  • an article from a periodical or newspaper
  • a short story, essay, or poem, whether or not from a collected work
  • a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper
  • a short excerpt (up to 10%) of a unit of music such as a song or movement

A librarian or teacher may also make multiple copies, not to exceed one per pupil, for classroom use of:

  • a complete poem of less than 250 words and printed on not more than two pages
  • an excerpt of less than 250 words from a longer poem
  • a story, essay, or article of less than 2,500 words
  • one illustration (chart, graph, picture, diagram, cartoon, etc.) from a book or periodical
  • up to 10% of a unit of music for academic purposed other than performance

A librarian or teacher may also copy a work, such as a score of music, in an emergency if one cannot be purchased in time, or may display a purchased copy of a copyrighted work through an opaque projector.

"Home Use Only" and/or Rented Videos

A librarian or teacher may show "home use only" or commercially rented videotapes if the following criteria are met:

  • The performance must take place in a classroom or other place of instruction in a non-profit educational institution.
  • The performance must be in the course of face-to-face teaching activities.
  • The film or video must be made from a copy of the work which was legally made or acquired.
A librarian or teacher may not do the following:
  • Copy from "consumable" works such as standardized tests, answer sheets, or class workbooks.
  • Copy commercial videotapes, audiotapes, or other like formats.
  • Copy in order to create anthologies or to substitute for them.
  • Copy on direction from higher authority.
  • Copy to substitute for the purchase of books, periodicals, and music.
  • Copy the same item from term to term without gaining permission.
  • Copy more than one short work or two excerpts from one author's work in a term.
  • Make multiple copies more than nine times in the same class term.
  • Make copies of music or lyrics for performance of any kind in the classroom or outside it.
  • Show a copyrighted videotape for entertainment purposes.
  • Copy protected materials without inclusion of a notice of copyright.

Elementary Research

Link to National Geographic Kids WebpageNational Geographic Kids

Find ebooks, magazines, videos, and pictures for information on animals, the environments, history, peoples and cultures, places, science and technology and more. Source citations available.

Link to Kids InfoBits WebpageKids InfoBits

Find ebooks, magazines, newspaper articles, pictures, and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Source citations available.

Link to General OneFile WebpageGeneral OneFile

Find magazines, newspaper articles, academic journals, pictures, videos, and reference content for information on a wide range of topics. Source citations available.

Britannica School

Encyclopedia Britannica

Find articles, media, world atlas, learning games, geography explorer, learning zone, tour the USA, country comparisons, information on the animal kingdom and much more. Source citations available.

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

Find articles, media, maps, current events, nonfiction eBooks, pro/con issues. Browse by subject or perform basic and advanced searches. Source citations available.


Britannica Ebooks

Britannica E-Books

145 simultaneous and unlimited access eBooks in 5 curriculum aligned collections.


Requires username and password. See your librarian!

Secondary Research

Students and teachers wishing to access the research databases, but use their BH email accounts.

Middle School Research Databases

High School Research Databases

High School Library Calendar

Middle School North Library Calendar

Middle School South Library Calendar