High School Library

Read, study, relax – the library is the place to be

The library is the hub of the school, a comfortable place to study, browse, read, research, and collaborate. The physical collection includes more than 4,000 books, magazines, journals and newspapers; CDs, DVDs, maps and more. The online collection gives students access to thousands of academic journals, periodicals, and resources, as well as fifteen academic databases.

Students may use the library's iMacs, PCs, and MacBook Airs; printers; scanners; and photocopier for library research. The online catalog is accessible both on and off campus, and a self-checkout computer station allows students and faculty full access to library materials throughout the day.

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.

The librarian supports students in their quest for knowledge and understanding of the world. She guides them in finding resources and pushes them to consider, "who else is asking similar research questions, where are they publishing their findings, and how does one evaluate the authority of sources?" She sees her role as assisting and inspiring students to discover the truth about subjects that intrigue them.

Mary Anne McGill - High School Librarian

Mary Anne McGill has experience at public, corporate, and academic libraries, including San Francisco Public Library, the Electric Power Research Institute, and U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She also managed the library for the World Affairs Council of Northern California and produced the weekly "Meet the Author" program for NPR. Ms. McGill shared her interest and expertise with the school community, creating the school's dynamic Public Lecture series. Through this series, the school has welcomed more than 35 renowned thinkers and activists to the campus over a decade.

Meet the Authors

Our students hear from some of today's leading authors, activists, and thinkers:

  • Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz
  • U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
  • Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Biologist Diana Reiss
  • Congressman John Lewis
  • Civil Rights activist Melba Pattillo Beals.