Books & Libraries

Libraries and Community Resources

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Checkout of library materials is available during Distance Learning! 

- Go to the OPALS database (click on the image above).

- Click "Login" in the top right corner.

- Login with your five-digit ID#, (no password required).

- Use Search to find a book! Click on the title. If it is available, click "Request" under the picture of the cover.

- Patrons with reserved books will be notified by email to come to the library for pick-up of materials, weekdays 9am-3:30pm. 

- More detailed instructions are available here:
Library Books for Distance Learning Checkout

Instrucciones para reservar libros en español

Social distance guidelines will be enforced; masks are required. 

Email [email protected] with any questions.

The Dalton School | Sora for eBooks and Audiobooks
Sora: Audiobooks and Ebooks

Sora is an app added to Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) Google suite that allows SCCS students to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. Students logged in through have immediate access.
Follow the instructions here: Sora access for SCCS

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Santa Cruz Public Library includes 10 neighborhood library branches and a web-based digital library. SCPL cards provide online access to subscription databases and other resources.

Biblioteca Pública de Santa Cruz (SCPL) recursos en espanol: Sitíos útiles para educación, familias, finanzas, servicios, y salud. SCPL en Español

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Local, independent, book seller and supporter of Santa Cruz City Schools’ Libraries,

Bookshop Santa Cruz sells books in-store and online.

Santa Cruz City Schools Libraries’ Union Catalog

Recommended Titles

The 100 Most Often Recommended Works for College Freshman

Pathfinders - Titles that support Harbor High curriculum and high interest subject areas

Young Adult Book Lists - From the ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association

Book Awards

California Young Reader Medal - the official site. Voting takes place in March each year.

National Book Award - Given by the National Book Foundation for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature

Newbery Award - The books selected as the best literature for youth.

Michael Printz Award - Given for excellence in young adult literature.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - The Pulitzer honors excellence in journalism and the arts

Pura Belpre Award - Given to the best books by Hispanic authors and illustrators

Buy the Harbor library a book! Free photo: Book, Star, Open Book, Magic, Read - Free Image on ...Check out our wishlist of student and faculty requests.

If you are interested in donating a used book to the library, please contact Ms. Greene directly: [email protected].