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The Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

About the Herbst Library

Welcome to The Herbst Library at The Urban School of San Francisco. The library is a dynamic information commons. It supports the school's philosophy of instilling in students a life-long love of learning. The mission of the library  is to ensure that students acquire research skills needed to succeed in their courses and in college. The library supports the curriculum by providing primary source material and other resources not easily found at the local public libraries.

Collection Development Policy

No Food or Drink in the Library!

When can I come in?

  • From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Break and lunch times
  • With classes
  • During free periods

How do I borrow books or other materials?

  • Please check out all books. If the librarian is in the library and available, ask the librarian to check out the book.
  • If the librarian is not in the library, you may borrow a book by emailing the librarian the title of the book.
  • Your student ID with the addition of a Barcode label is your library card.
  • If a book you want is out on loan, reserve it by emailing or talking to the librarian.

What can be borrowed by students?

  • Books - Six week loan renewable
  • Reference - Overnight loan or weekend
  • Magazines - One day
  • Audio tapes and audio CDs - one week
  • Videos / DVDs - By request - one week
Return books in the Book Drop to the left of the check out window. 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.

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

Yes, please email the librarian!


The Herbst Library is open M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach the librarian at:

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