Library Services at Elm


The Elm Middle School Library is open each weekday during the school year. Students have access to the library every day during advisory.

Elm's library clerk is Ms. Elise Forner, who can be reached by email at this address, or through the library's own website by using this contact form.


How We Help Students


Our mission is to engage our students with books of lasting value and to stoke a passion for lifelong reading.

All Elm students have a library card on file at the circulation desk. Our library has a wide variety of materials to meet the academic and recreational needs of middle school students.

Students also receive help on how to do research, how to share documents with teachers and their peers, how to engage in World Book database research and how to incorporate larger inquiry-based research programs into their studies.


To Find a Title or Resource


If you are looking for a book or other resource in our library, please use these links:

► Library catalog 

► Featured titles & resources

If you want to explore other school libraries in our District, please use this link:

► District 401 libraries

Still have questions?

► Contact our library clerk


Checkout Policy


Fiction and nonfiction books may be checked out for two weeks.

Reference books, older magazines and other materials may be checked out for overnight use. These materials must be returned before the first period class of the next day.

Fines are imposed for each overdue book.


Lost Material Policy


Parents of students who lose school library books will be charged according to the following fee schedule:

► Young Adult Fiction Paperback

$10.00

► Young Adult Fiction Hardcover

$20.00

► Young Adult Nonfiction Paperback

$20.00

► Young Adult Nonfiction Hardcover

$30.00

► Magazine

$3.00

► Reference

Actual replacement cost


District 401’s Policy on Library Services


Elm's library operations are governed by District 401's policy on library media programs, which can be found in Section 6:230 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual:

The Superintendent or designee shall manage the District's library media program to comply with (1) State law and Illinois State Board of Education rule and (2) the following standards:

  1. The program includes an organized collection of resources available to students and staff to supplement classroom instruction, foster reading for pleasure, enhance information literacy, and support research, as appropriate to students of all abilities in the grade levels served.
  2. Financial resources for the program's resources and supplies are allocated to meet students' needs.
  3. Students in all grades served have equitable access to library media resources.
  4. The advice of an individual who is qualified according to ISBE rule is sought regarding the overall direction of the program, including the selection and organization of materials, provision of instruction in information and technology literacy, and structuring the work of library paraprofessionals.
  5. Staff members are invited to recommend additions to the collection.
  6. Students may freely select resource center materials as well as receive guided selection of materials appropriate to specific, planned learning experiences.

A searchable version of the complete District Policy Manual can be found here.