Welcome!

Our Mission

The mission of the Burke’s Library is to fulfill the mission of the school—to educate, encourage, and empower girls so that they thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

The Burke’s Library strives to fulfill this mission by helping students grow into:
  • curious, competent, and accurate researchers
  • connected and enthusiastic readers
  • open-minded and critical thinkers
  • engaged, empathetic, and ethical members of the learning community
  • clear communicators of information and ideas
  • creative producers of work that applies what has been learned
  • astute makers of meaning
  • confident learners with a growth mindsets

Our Place

The Burke’s Library is located at the heart of the school. It offers a robust K-8 program for students within a set class schedule (K-4) and in classes scheduled according to need (5-8). In addition, the Library serves the entire community in support of independent research and recreational reading—individual students, families, faculty, and board members
 
Blending the tried-and-true with innovation, the Library promotes 21st-century teaching and learning in its own curriculum and throughout the school.
 

Our Space

The Library’s outstanding collection is deep, diverse, and tailored to meet the needs of students, faculty, and families. The collection includes over 40,000 items, including books, CDs, audiobooks, and videos.  
 
The Library occupies 5,000 square feet, and it is used in a variety of ways. The Library not only houses the collection, but it also serves as a classroom and a recreational reading, relaxing recess, and meeting space. It includes the following:
 
  • Lower School Library
  • Media Room
  • Upper School class space
  • Workroom
  • Office space
  • Display space for student art
  • Display space for student Library work
  • Newspapers (paper and online)
  • Two Apple TVs
  • Copy center
  • Meeting space for large and small groups
  • Twelve desktop computers
  • Class set of laptops
  • Mini video theater
  • Online Public Access Catalog (Destiny)

Our Staff

The Library staff includes a full-time librarian (Upper School), a part-time librarian (Lower School), and a library assistant. For the first time, all three are librarians with master's degrees in library science and related fields. The staff is dedicated to delivering the best possible library program and service. It is also dedicated to finding “the right book for the right child at the right time.”
 

Contact

List of 3 members.

  • Susan Faust 

    Lower School Librarian
    415.751.0187, ext. 311
  • Michelle Loomis 

    Library and Digital Media Specialist
    415.751.0187, ext. 337
  • Maria Shuman 

    Library and Innovation Support Assistant
    415.751.0187, ext. 264
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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