Herbst Library

The Urban School Herbst Library supports the school's philosophy of instilling in students a lifelong passion for learning. The mission of the Herbst Library is to ensure that students acquire research skills needed to succeed in their Urban courses and in college and beyond.

The library supports the distinctive Urban curriculum by providing a dynamic collection of primary source material, electronic resources and other resources not easily found at the local public libraries. We have dozens of online databases for research and exploration in all academic areas. Our library also houses thousands of books magazines, films and other assets.

Stop by the Herbst Library in the Page Campus or email Sarah or Hilda with your questions!

Library FAQ

When can I come and get help?

  • During breaks, lunch, and right after school
  • With classes
  • Juniors and Seniors can use the library during E periods and tutorials
  • Freshman and Sophomores should remain in their assigned  E periods and tutorials unless they have specific library research needs.

How do I borrow books or other materials?

Please check out all books with the self checkout kiosk in the library using your student ID. If you have a problem using the self checkout, visit or email the librarian for help.

If a book you want is out on loan, reserve it by logging into the library catalog.

What can be borrowed by students?

  •     Books - Six week loan renewable
  •     Magazines - One day
  •     Audio tapes and audio CDs - one week
  •     Videos / DVDs - By request - one week

Return books in the Book Drop slot in the library office or in the self checkout kiosk. Please do not lend books to fellow students. If students need to use an item, please return it to library and have the student check it out in student's own name.

Fines: Fines are not charged. However, if a book is lost or not returned by the end of the term, the charge for the lost book is the replacement cost, plus a $10 processing fee.

What can be borrowed by teachers?

  •     Books - Six week loan, renewable
  •     Reference - Overnight loan
  •     Magazines - Two week loan
  •     Tapes - Four week loan
  •     Videos (VHS and DVD) - One week loan
  •     CDs - Overnight loan

Longer use of any materials may be arranged by special request.

Please check out all items. If the librarian is not available, please email the librarian the title of the item taken. 

What can be borrowed by parents?

Our books, materials, databases and other resources are for use by Urban students and faculty/staff only.

Can I recommend a book or other item for the library to purchase?

Yes, please email the librarian!

Can we eat lunch in the library?

Yes, you may eat lunch in the library as long as you take your trash with you when you are done, and clean up or report spills. However, we do suggest that you eat in the Student Center, backyard, Salkind Center Student Commons or the Salkind Center Rooftop.

Summer Reading 2019

Go here to see your summer reading options!

The Freshman class summer read is Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. Go here for the reading guide.

Access Library Resources

Find links to Urban’s class research guides, databases, book collection and more.



Sarah Levin
415 593 9528


Hilda Mendez
Assistant Librarian
415 626 2919 x242