Textbook Policies

  • Textbook Rules for Students:

    • You may check out a textbook with your valid San Mateo High School identification card.

    • You should protect textbooks from damage. If you notice a problem with a textbook when it is checked out to you, let the San Mateo Library staff know within the first 2 weeks so that you are not held responsible for the damage.

    • You are not to write, underline, or highlight in textbooks, including novels checked out for English classes (please use sticky notes).

    • HOWEVER, you should write your name in the front inside cover or its facing page of the book when it is issued to you so that when you return it at the end of the course, you know that you’re returning your textbook and not your friend's.

    • All textbooks and materials checked out to you must be returned in good, usable condition, with the barcode still attached to the book or material (such as a calculator) at the end of a school year or semester.  

    • If a textbook or material checked out to you is lost or damaged, the student is required to pay all costs.

    Seniors will not be given their San Mateo High School diplomas until all textbooks have been returned or paid for.

    Schedules, diplomas and school privileges, such as Homecoming/Prom, may be withheld until all materials are returned or fines/fees have been paid for.

    Textbooks for semester-long classes (for example, Government, Economics, or Health) should be turned in after the first semester final because second semester students will need them!

    Novels used in English class should be returned as soon as your class is finished with them.

    Thanks for taking care of your San Mateo High School books.

    Textbook Fines & Fees:

    $5 - for Missing Barcode

    $5 - for Graffiti, Highlighting, Writing

    $10 - for Cover Damage, Loose Binding, Torn or Stained Pages

    100% of the material cost - for Lost or Damaged/Unusable Textbooks