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school library

School Library (Educational Resource Center)

A space at your disposal from Monday to Friday with the following hours:

Monday - 8.30 am - 4.20 pm

Tuesday - 8.30 am  - 1.30 pm / 2.30 pm - 4.20 pm

Wednesday - 8.30 am - 3.20 pm 

Thursday - 8.30 am - 4.20 pm

Friday - 8.30 am - 1.30 pm  



BE/CRE is composed of the following functional spaces:  

- Space  Nuclear                                                                               

- Multimedia Production Room  






The School Library/Educational Resource Center (BE/CRE) is a structure that manages the equipment and spaces where all types of documents (whatever their nature and support) that constitute pedagogical resources are collected, processed and made available. both for teaching activities and for the occupation of free time and leisure.  


The essential objectives of BE/CRE are the following: 

1. Make possible the full use of existing pedagogical resources and provide schools with a documental fund adequate to the needs of different disciplines and work projects. 

2. Allow the integration of printed, audiovisual and computer materials and encourage the creation of sets of documents, organized according to different themes. 

3. Develop in students skills and work habits based on consulting, processing and producing information. 

4. Stimulate in users the pleasure of reading and an interest in science, art and culture. 

5. Create conditions that support teachers in the preparation and development of teaching activities, in order to diversify strategies and resources. 

6. Enable the production of materials and the organization of activities by the disciplinary groups. 

7. Create conditions for the production of materials by the students. 

8. Promote, in the educational community, routines of use of libraries (school or public), with recreational, informative and ongoing training purposes.  




BE/CRE is composed of the following functional spaces:  

  Nuclear Space:

Reception zone;     

Informal reading/listening zone;     

Viewing zone;     

Area for reading and consulting documentation;     

Multimedia / Internet zone;     

Games zone.  


a) The School Library/Educational Resource Center must function as a central and transversal element of the school's activities, therefore it must be represented in the Pedagogical Council. The designation of  representative will be made among the library coordinators of the cluster. 

b) Since the BE/CRE is made up of multifunctional spaces, the operating rules are defined to

   each of its specific zones.   



  a) Freely consult the entire documentary background.  

  b) Enjoy all the resources and services provided by BE/CRE, in accordance with the regulation.  

  c) Participate in promoted activities.  

  d) Submit criticisms and suggestions, placing them in writing in the “suggestion box” existing in the core space of BE/CRE.  



a) Comply with the established rules. 

b) Comply with the deadline stipulated for the return of books requested for home reading. 

c) Keep consultation materials, equipment and facilities in good condition and clean.

d) Take responsibility for the requested resources. In case of loss or damage to any document or equipment, replace the damaged material or the corresponding value. 

e) Moderate the tone of voice, contributing to a good environment and respecting the work of other users. 

f) Do not eat, drink or use the cell phone in all spaces of BE/CRE. 

g) Comply with the instructions given by the employee/teacher(s) who collaborate with BE/CRE. 

h) Request authorization from the employee/collaborating teacher(s) and make the respective request, in case of resources taken from one space to another. 

i) Take only the material that you consider essential for the tasks you will develop.




With the primary objective of serving the interests of the educational community, in a conciliatory environment of learning and pleasantness, it is intended to be, fundamentally:

- A space with documentation/information appropriate to the age of the students and the education levels existing at the school.

- A space conducive to reading, study and research, individually or in small groups, being, however, inappropriate for a class with a group, which would disturb the work of the other users present there.

- A space where users go freely to read/write, listen, view or “navigate”, being, therefore, an inappropriate place for “punishment”.



The various areas that make up this space can be used by teachers, students, employees, parents and/or guardians and, eventually, other entities duly authorized by the school's management body.  



Opening hours will be reviewed annually.  


- The printer is exclusively used to print documents related to the curriculum. 

- The employee or the collaborating teacher present at BE/CRE is solely responsible for using the printer.  


1.4.1 Reception Zone

a) Users must place their backpacks or briefcases in the place intended for this purpose, taking only the material essential to the tasks they will carry out.  

b) All users, whenever they use the BE/CRE core space, must fill in the form available in the reception area, indicating the activity they will carry out.  

c) The request for games, films, audio CDs, multimedia CDs and headphones is made in the reception area, upon identification to the employee or collaborating teacher present.  

d) The request for the video camera and photographic material is made in the reception area and will depend on the type of curricular work that is being developed, however, it cannot exceed the maximum period of one week.  

1.4.2  Documentation Reading and Consultation Zone Local Consultation

a) The selection of books can be done directly on the shelves or by consulting the database of educational resources available at BE/CRE, through the Group's website on the Internet. The user can also request the support of the employee / collaborating teacher.

b) Users, when returning the books, must place them in the cart located in the reception area, so that it is only the employee / collaborating teacher who arranges them on the shelves.

c) The consultation should preferably be carried out in the space where the books are. THE

     exceptionally these may be requested to the classroom, upon written request from the teacher. Home Consultation

a) All books may be requested for home consultation, with the exception of:

    - Reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries).

    - Works in poor condition.

    - Works of which there is only one copy and which are in high demand. 

b) Books for reading at home are requested in a specific form, and the reader may request up to two titles for a period of eight days, renewable, if the works have not, in the meantime, been requested by another user.

c) Only after the works requested for home reading have been returned, a new request can be made.

d) The user who systematically delivers the books after the deadline, without any justification, or reveals an evident lack of care, will be penalized with the temporary or definitive suspension of the right to request works for home reading, having to replace the damaged material or the value corresponding, in case of damage or loss of the requested work(s).

1.4.3  Documentation Reading and Consultation Zone

The)  The reading of periodicals (newspapers and magazines) should preferably be done in the place intended for this purpose. Exceptionally, periodicals may be requested for the classroom, upon written request from the teacher.

b) After reading, the periodicals must be placed in the respective place.

1.4.4  Viewing and Hearing Zone

a) The selection of audiovisual material must be done directly at the exhibitors where the boxes of DVDs, video cassettes and CDs are located or through the computer system for managing educational resources.

b) After selecting the desired document, the user must request it from the employee / collaborating teacher, indicating the registration number (see label).

c) Audiovisual equipment may only be used with headphones.

d) The user can only use one document at a time.

e) The return must be made to the employee / collaborating professor of BE/CRE, after viewing/hearing.

f) The same document may be used, simultaneously, by two users.

g) The existing equipment is exclusively intended for viewing and listening to the resources available at BE/CRE.


1.4.5  Multimedia / Internet Zone


a) The five computers located at BE/CRE can be used by its users, individually or in groups of 2, and the INTERNET can be consulted.

b) The CRE08 computer (work computer) is intended for users who need to use a word processor, spreadsheet or other installed software.

c) Computers may be used whenever they are available.

d) The use of computers, as well as access to the Internet, is primarily intended for a judicious use of a curricular and/or recreational-pedagogical scope. Users will only be able to print the researched materials if they are intended for curricular work.


1.4.6  Games Zone

a) Games are requested in the reception area, with the employee / collaborating teacher. 

b) Before using the game, the user must verify its content, immediately communicating any anomaly, under penalty of  to be held responsible for something that is alien to you. 

c) After using the game, it must be delivered, properly packaged, to the employee/collaborating teacher.

d) Games can only be used in CRE, in the place intended for that purpose.    



The operation of BE/CRE is ensured by a Team of Teachers and an Educational Action Assistant, appointed by the school's Management.  


The librarian teacher, after hearing the other elements of the team, should:   

a) Articulate the activity of BE/CRE with the entire school community, having, for that purpose, a seat on the Pedagogical Council; 

b) Propose the school library acquisitions policy and coordinate its execution; 

c) Define strategies to promote full use of documentary resources by students and teachers, both in the curriculum and in their free time; 

d) Ensure that existing resources are organized according to criteria defined by the Universal Decimal Classification (CDU), in a way that is adjusted to the characteristics of users.  



The team members are responsible for: 

a) Ensure the functioning of the BE/CRE;

b) Prepare the BE/CRE Activities Plan, to be integrated into the School's Annual Activities Plan, which will be approved by the Pedagogical Council;

c) Develop and streamline the activities presented in the Activities Plan;

d) Inventory all the material that enters BE/CRE and proceed with the respective computerization;

e) Ensure compliance with the rules established for BE/CRE;

f) Support users in the use of existing resources in BE/CRE and in audiovisual rooms;

g) Support the design and production of posters, leaflets and multimedia materials;

h) Maintain a climate of dialogue with all school bodies and consult  the disciplinary departments, in order to determine the material needs to be acquired by BE/CRE;

i) Inform the Board of new acquisitions to be carried out;

j) Carry out a statistical study of the use of the library and the most requested resources;

k) Present, at the end of the academic year, the activities evaluation report, which will be delivered to the Board of Directors and filed at BE/CRE.  



a) BE/CRE facilities must have at least one employee exclusively assigned to the service of BE/CRE, preferably with specific training in this area or with experience in the area of School Libraries;

b) The absence or displacement of the BE/CRE employee(s) must be communicated to the librarian professor at least 24 hours in advance;

c) It is incumbent upon employees seconded exclusively to BE/CRE: 

c.1) Carry out the service. 

c.2) Collaborate in the development of BE/CRE activities.   

c.3) Identify and describe any anomalous situations that may interfere with the proper functioning of BE/CRE. c.4) Propose to the librarian teacher measures that can contribute to solving the observed situations. 

c.5) Ensure the proper functioning of the BE/CRE, complying with and ensuring compliance with the Rules of Procedure. 

c.6) Carry out the necessary procedures for the request for reading in person, at home or in the classroom. 

c.7) Inform the user of the return deadlines, when providing a requested work. 

c.8) Communicate to the librarian professor difficult cases of returning requested publications. 

c.9) Stamp the works. 

c.10) Arrange resources in appropriate places. 

c.11) Carry out the additional cleaning and tidying tasks required at BE/CRE. 

c.12) Remain at BE/CRE during their period of service.   



Collaborating teachers must:

a) Collaborate in the promotion of BE/CRE. 

b) Respond to requests from BE/CRE users. 

c) Collect suggestions and materials. 

d) Support, whenever necessary, the coordinating team. 

e) Comply with and enforce the BE/CRE Internal Regulations and Rules of Procedure. 

f) Ensure the operation of BE/CRE. 

g) Promote an attractive and welcoming environment at BE/CRE.  



In order to achieve its fundamental objectives, BE/CRE will develop several activities, namely:


1. Enrichment of your documentary fund, through purchase, offer and exchange, diversifying the supports and subjects.

2. Adequate and constant organization of your documental fund, in order to allow an efficient retrieval of information by your users. 

3. Support for those responsible for organizing exhibitions, competitions, colloquiums, conferences, reading sessions, promotion actions and other cultural activities (reading promotion, user training, development of Information Literacy skills, etc.). 

4. Establishment of relations with the BE/CRE of other schools and with the Municipal Library of Barreiro.  



1. These regulations must be available for consultation in the BE/CRE space. 

2. Any missing situation will be resolved by the CRE team and/or the Management Body.

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