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    The goal of the Garfield Library is "to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information."*

    By promoting reading, teaching information literacy, providing a variety of materials and resources and nourishing life-long learning, the library assists in preparing students to become successful in school, in life and in their future.


    Check outs- Students may use their barcoded ID cards to borrow items for 3 weeks. Renewals must be made with the physical item in hand and are unlimited for up to one semester unless the item is on hold for someone else. There are no daily overdue fines, however items that are lost or damaged will be charged the replacement cost and must be paid for and become listed fines. Staff Members may check out items for one semester at a time. Parents may also check out materials. Students are expected to follow school rules at all times and to behave respectfully towards themselves and others. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the library.


    Teachers may schedule their classes into the library by signing up with library staff. Teachers accompany their classes, however they may send individuals or small groups in on hall passes. Individual students who do have an assigned class during one or more periods each day may use the library for quiet study after signing a contract. A Homework Center is held in the library after school Monday-Thursday and tutoring in all subjects is available on a walk-in basis. This service is available when funding allows. The PTSA has covered tutoring services since 2006.


    Library materials include print and non-print resources which are selected to support the curriculum. Use the library home page to access collected resources and find our about current library initiatives. There are close to 13,000 books, videos and audio resources in the total collection along with AV media equipment. The library subscribes to 25 print periodicals and has more than 60 computers that access the web, other online reference subscription databases and office applications. A special Black Heritage (BH) collection is interfiled within the main book collection. Books are marked with a black dot on the spine with the call number location noted in the Library Catalog. A yearbook collection of the school annual, The Arrow is available for perusal by appointment, along with past copies of the school newspaper, The Messenger.

    The staff consists of one full time librarian and a part-time library assistant.  Each semester student assistants sign up to gain skills and help with daily operations. Submit your application to the librarian. Volunteers provide valuable assistance in the areas of processing, computer tech support, weeding etc. Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to contact the librarian!

    For a detailed discussion, accounting and list of library activities, see the Annual Reports.


    There are two computer labs and an open table area activity space. It can safely accomodate up to 100 people. The Library has been home to some very interesting visual art. The most distinctive landmark is the bronze bust of Jimi Hendrix, who was a student at the school in the early sixties. It was donated to the school by his family in 1981. There is also a carved stone sculpture of a bird by James Washington.

    The Library space may be used by school and community groups in the evenings after school hours. Organizations and Individuals must contact the Fiscal Secretary by e-mail or phone at 206-252-2287 to arrange for scheduling.

    *American Association of School Librarians