The St. Mary’s County Library serves customers of all ages, abilities, and skill levels, from children to senior citizens, and of all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic groups. Homework related questions deserve the same treatment as any other reference question. Students will be directed to the appropriate resources or referred to another appropriate source of information based on a thorough reference interview. However, questions to check homework, do math calculations, proofread a paragraph or formulate a thesis statement are beyond the normal scope of library service.
Librarians should make every effort to share with the student their methods of locating information. Establishing communication between librarians and students gives us an opportunity to encourage them to be life long users of the library.