Library

“The San Francisco Waldorf High School library is a place for contemplation and quiet study, while giving room to learn in groups or gather as a community for gaining greater knowledge and insight into the world.  Through reading, speaking, seeing, hearing and creating at the library, the Waldorf High School community grows in spirit and in mind - beyond the walls of the school - into the world abroad.” —Mission statement of the San Francisco Waldorf High School Library  

The San Francisco Waldorf High School Library provides a dynamic learning environment with a wide range of resources, programs, and services for all members of the school community.

The physical library collection includes more than 4,000 books, magazines, journals and newspapers; CDs, DVDs, videos, audiocassettes and maps; and, the library's online collection offers access to thousands of  academic journals and newspapers, as well as eBooks, videos, images, maps, and audio files. These resources are accessible through the library's  15 academic databases and dozens of E-books. 

The library's online catalog, is accessible both on and off the campus, and a self-checkout computer station allows students and faculty full access to library materials during the entire school day. The library also provides iMacs, PCs, and MacBook Airs, black & white and color printers, a scanner, and a photocopier for library research; comfortable study spaces for groups engaged in project work and tutoring sessions; as well as quiet spaces for individual students to read, do homework, and relax. 

In the Student Portal, the librarian maintains customized research guides to authoritative print, online,multi-media, and community resources for courses and online guides to writing research papers in APA, Chicago, and MLA documentation styles.  

Throughout the year, the librarian presents a "Meet the Author" program series . Since September 2006, more than 35 authors have addressed the student body including: the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz;  U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky;  Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History; Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, and Civil Rights activist, educator, and author Melba Pattillo Beals.

For more information, please contact the HS librarian, Mary Anne McGill, by e-mail or phone at 415.213.6122.