Library Information

Town School Library Mission

The Town School librarians...

  • Respect students’ intellectual freedom, access to information, and individual pathways to life-long learning.

  • Spark student curiosity by co-teaching and collaborating with teachers to develop students’ skills in finding, evaluating, creating, and sharing information.

  • Ensure that everyone’s story is celebrated and shared in order to foster a feeling of belonging.

  • Model and teach best practices of academic and online integrity.

  • Build a community culture that supports the joy of reading.


Phone: (415) 746-1127

Email: library(at)

Director of Library Services: Kim Stuart, stuart(at)

Librarian: Julie Alonso, alonso(at)


7:30AM - 4:00PM

Closed 12:45 - 1:10 for lunch


  • Each student, parent, and Town employee has a library account.

  • All members of our community are welcome to check out books while their accounts are in good standing. Users with three or more overdue books may not check out additional books until the overdue items are returned or replaced.

  • Materials checked out by Lower School students are due back in 3 weeks.

  • Materials checked out by Upper School students are due back in 4 weeks.

  • Materials checked out by parents/guardians and regular caregivers are due back in 4 weeks.

  • Materials checked out by Town employees are due back in 2 months.

  • The Town School Library does not charge fines for overdue books.

  • If an item is damaged or lost, it should be replaced.


In 2014 the Town School Library moved to a more intuitive organization system for our young users by simplifying the Dewey Decimal System. You can find this system here. We recataloged and relabeled our 15,000+ books with eye-catching stickers using this new system based on Metis from the Ethical Culture School in NYC.

In the nonfiction section we use words in place of decimal numbers. Sub-topics are shelved alphabetically and listed prominently on the spine of the book. Fiction is shelved by genre or topic. Authors' last names are the last word of the call number.

The Town School Library Classification System has been a great success, empowering users, young and old, to easily find books in our library.

(Click here to see the entire Town School Library Classification System. We've strived to build a system that is intuitive and provides for fortuitous browsing. Please give us feedback on your experience, as we'd like to continue to improve the system.)


SORA: We have access to Sora, an online collection of thousands of ebooks! Our Sora collection is located on When signing into the website, choose Town School for Boys from the dropdown menu and sign in using your Destiny/Follett login (last name and portal password).

You also can download the Sora app. Search for Town School in the OverDrive app, and there will be a few steps before being able to browse your digital collection. Help with these steps (depending on the device being used) can be found here.

KINDLE: With parent permission, Kindles can be checked out for 2 weeks and are preloaded with digital content. Students do not have rights to upload new content or access the internet. A list of book titles available on the Kindles is located on here.

If you are interested in checking out a Kindle, please fill out the Town Kindle User Agreement. Submit it electronically to library(at) or turn in a physical copy to a librarian.


  • All students are welcome to visit the library during the day with permission from their teachers.

  • Lower School students visit the library in their free time before school and after school with the Extended Day Program (EDP) or an adult caregiver. (K students must have an adult caregiver with them in the morning)

  • Upper School students visit during recess, Study Hall, and after school.

  • Teachers visit the library with their class for research lessons as needed. They also use the library to work, collaborate, and gather resources.

  • Families and caregivers visit the library anytime.

  • Parent volunteers reshelve books and help with various library projects.

  • Grades K-2 attend a library class twice a cycle. Lessons focus on sharing stories, learning how to use the library, and checking out library books.

  • Grades 3 and 4 have a hybrid library/digital literacy class once a cycle. Lessons focus on internet safety, digital citizenship, research, and selecting “Just Right Books.”

  • Grade 6 Humanities hosts a Digital Literacy class once a cycle. This class is designed to integrate students’ developing information literacy skills with their study of Humanities.