About Us & Policies

Bear Library Media Center Information

  • Doris Wear - MHS Library Media Specialist   Email: weard@msd281.org

  • Mary Ortman - MHS Library Media Assistant

Media Center Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Monday - Thursday
                                     some early closures for Friday Collaborations 

Bear Library Media Center at Moscow High School directly serves our students in grades 9-12, faculty, and staff. We provide resource sharing for Paradise Creek Regional High School, Moscow Middle School, and our district's four elementary schools. The library program is fully integrated into the curriculum and is viewed as an essential component of student achievement. The primary goal of Bear Library Media Center is to ensure that our patrons become effective users of ideas and information.


Moscow School District Library Media Services' mission is to lead our learning community by fostering 21st century literacy in an environment that challenges students to imagine possibilities, explore opportunities, and connect with the future and the world.


Moscow School District Library Media Services envisions a program where students will attain knowledge and skills to become accomplished readers, independent learners, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and informed citizens through the expertise of school librarians in collaboration with classroom teachers, using the resources and services provided by Moscow School District.

Objectives of Bear Library's Program

  • To provide students with a variety of authoritative information sources.
  • To help students develop effective information literacy skills.
  • To encourage all students to become lifelong learners.
  • To nurture a love of reading in all students.
  • To ensure all library users are effective users of information.


Circulation Policies

  • A student may check out four books at a time, provided he or she has no account restrictions.*
  • Most books may be checked out for three weeks with additional three week renewal periods typically available upon request.
  • Some reference materials must be returned by 8:00 a.m. the next school day.
  • Parent or guardian consent may be required prior to check out of some expensive books and other library resources.
  • Only faculty and instructional staff may check out DVDs and VHS movies from our collection.

Note: *Students with overdue materials or library fines will have restrictions placed on their accounts until items are returned and fines are cleared.

Library Fines

  • 25¢ per day for overdue library materials-accruing to a maximum fine of $10 overdue fees per item
  • 10¢ per school hour for overnight check out materials
  • Replacement cost will be charged for damaged or lost items

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards have barcodes which facilitate greater accuracy and efficiency at the check out desk. ID cards, however, are not mandatory to check out resources.

Printing and Copying

  • B & W printing from computers costs 5¢ per page.
  • B & W copy machine copies also cost 5¢ per page.
  • ALL COLOR printing and copies cost 15¢ per page. Students will be required to have a library staff member do color printing and color copying.
  • The ASB will pay for three B & W printouts for each student, each day before school, during the lunch period, and after school. That's nine “free” pages a day!
  • Students working with a teacher in the Library Computer Lab will receive a reasonable number of free pages of printing for work for that teacher.
  • COLOR printing is never free; the ASB only purchases B & W prints.
  • The library does not offer charge accounts. Students should print or copy only what they can pay for at that time. A student funded “little red cup” allows us to provide small loans occasionally.

Electronic Access

Using the OPAC from Home
From our Library Web page, https://msd281.org/district_schools/district_libraries/moscow_high_school_library/, click on the first bear paw on the left. Select the tab for Moscow High School Library. You can also look at the library catalogs for other schools in our district. We can borrow books from any Moscow school library--just ask Ms. Wear or her assistant to make the request for you. Please see our Interlibrary Loan information linked from the second bear paw for placing requests out of the district.

Using Online Databases and Archives from Home
Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) allows us to access, read, and print full-text articles from numerous online databases. These databases are print sources accessed through the Internet not Internet sites.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an excellent homework and research resource. Go to the Databases bear paw on the MHS Library Welcome page to begin.