The Library is at the heart of the school, both physically and experientially. Students visit the library for research, instruction, and recreational reading.

We offer resources in print and digital format for students, teachers, and parents. Visit our library catalog to search the collection, or read more about the Library below.

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.

Our Collection 

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 print and electronic books and audiobooks. The collection is physically divided between the Upper and Lower School libraries.

Our Services

The Burke’s Library offers a robust K-8 program, and supports the independent research and recreational reading needs of the entire community. This includes 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 welcomes students for independent research, study, and recreational reading. In addition to scheduled class time, the Lower School Library is open to students select mornings before school and each snack recess. The Upper School Library is open to students each morning before homeroom, as well as snack recess and lunch. The Libraries offer space for lounging and reading, board games, and structured activities including crafts and STEM projects.

Our Schedule

Fifth and sixth graders visit the Library once a rotation during their library-based HEART unit, and all Upper School students visit on a varied schedule according to individual, class, and assignment needs. Teachers may also schedule visits to the Library for projects and research.
Library hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kindergartners, first, second, and third graders come to the Library once a week for 40 minutes. Fourth graders come to Library once a week for 50 minutes.


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Michelle Loomis

    Michelle Loomis 

    Upper School Library and Digital Media Specialist
    415.751.0187, ext. 337
  • Photo of Diana Rivers

    Diana Rivers 

    Library & Digital Media Specialist - Lower School
    415.751.0187, ext. 390
  • Photo of Maria Shuman

    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.


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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