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Use the Library Catalog "Destiny" to search for Books and e-Books.

You don't need any ID or special permission to check out materials.


Magazines can be checked out just like books. Our titles include:

Air & Space Smithsonian
American Theatre
Art in America
The Atlantic
The Economist
Entertainment Weekly
Fantasy/Science Fiction
Game Informer
J-14, Just for Teens
M Magazine
Mad Magazine
Modern Drummer
Motor Trend
National Geographic
New Scientist
New Yorker
People en Español
Poets & Writers
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Psychology Today
Rolling Stone
Scientific American
Teen Vogue
Tiger Beat

Library Orientation

Library Etiquette

Start here. Manners are always appreciated. Thank you.

Never take Library materials without checking them out through the Librarian or Student Assistants at the Circulation Desk.


Quality Online Resources

Click on the links below to access terrific subscription databases. Ask the Librarian for passwords if you are logging in from a computer that is not on the SFUSD network (You need an additional password to access these from home. Ask the Librarian for the passwords handout.)

General Information:

     Britannica Online

     San Francisco Public Library Articles & Databases


     Annals of American History

     Facts on File American History Online

     Facts on File Modern World History Online


     Facts on File Science Online

Career and College:

     Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Current Events / Cultural Trends:

     SIRS Issues Researcher

Images - Copyright Free:

     Image Quest

What You Need . . .

Your SFUSD username and password. Students use the same username and password to log into the computers, SchoolLoop, Google Apps* for Education, and Noodle Tools.

*username for Google Apps

Special Collections

Career and College

Graphic Novels

New Books

Paper Back Fiction

Russian Language

Spanish Language

Effective Searching

Like a bear looking for its honey, effective searching is a skill that takes a lot of practice to perfect. It's worthwhile and will last you a lifetime. Know how to get good information and cite your sources.


Plagiarism is using another person's thoughts, words or ideas without acknowledging where you got the information from. It is a serious charge in academic work and is considered a form of cheating. With the advent of the Internet, plagiarism is widespread. Many colleges now accept only online work so that computer algorithms can detect plagiarized work.

Avoid plagiarism by

  • summarizing information  using your own words
  • citing your sources


You have to have a SF Public Library card to use this resource. It's free once you have the card. How to Log-In.

San Francisco Public Library Card

How do I get a card?

Print this application, fill it out and have your parent/guardian sign if you are under 18, and take it along with your Student ID and 50 cents to any Library branch.