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Burke’s Library is at the heart of the school, both physically and experientially. It 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.

The light-filled space is filled with tables for collaborative learning, bean bags for lounging, and our collection includes over 40,000 items, including print and electronic books and audiobooks. The collection is physically divided between the Lower and Upper School libraries.

Library Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Lower School Library

The Lower School Library curriculum is built around students. Classroom and specialist faculty regularly collaborate to provide students with experiences that resonate with their developmental level, while also piquing their curiosity, and letting students choose the pace and approach of their involvement. 

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. In addition to scheduled class time, the Lower School Library is open to students select mornings before school and each snack recess.

Upper School Library

The Upper School Library is open for class times as well as each morning before homeroom, as well as snack recess and lunch. 

Fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in a literary appreciation, academic research, and information literacy unit taught by the Upper School Librarian as part of their HEART Health, Emotional Awareness, Responsibility, and Time Management) class. In this unit, students engage with literature to develop a stronger understanding of themselves and others, practice identifying and using relevant academic resources (both print and digital), and learn how to use and create information responsibly.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students visit as needed for class projects, and to continue developing competency in the use of print and digital informational sources. Additional classes are planned collaboratively between the Upper School Librarian and subject teachers.

Library Faculty

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 

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

    Maria Shuman 

    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.
Burke's admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.