Sequoia High School Media Center 

The Library Media Center is located in the main building of Sequoia High School. The Library is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am through 3:45 pm for normal Library business, including checking in and checking out of textbooks.

The Library has a Chrome cart with full Internet access and two black and white laserjet printers. Classes may reserve the computers for specific assignment by signing up here:

From 7:15-8:15 am and 3:45-5:45 pm, Monday through Friday, the Library is open to the SAFE program for the Learning Center activities. (On collaboration days, the Learning Center closes at 4 pm.). Tutoring for students is available during this time in the following subjects: English, Math, Social Studies and Spanish.

Textbooks are available upon request and can be checked out individually. Teachers may sign up to bring their classes down to check out textbooks. For more information please contact email us.

For more information about the Learning Center, please contact Evelyn Valencia at

We are most happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have regarding the Sequoia High School Library. You can reach us at the email link below or by calling the school number at 650.369.1411 and dialing the extension listed below.

Click the name to send an email message:
Betsy Snow
Media Specialist
Ext. 64201
Shannon Schadler
Library Assisstant
Ext. 64202

Online Resources For Research

The following online resources are useful for historical research and writing.
  • American Memory
    The American Memory digital collection at the Library of Congress is a comprehensive source of primary materials on every aspect of American history.
  • Calisphere
    Calisphere is a large collection of digital resources on California history based on the primary sources of the collections at the University of California Library System
  • Grolier Online Encyclopedias
    Grolier includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and Enciclopedia Cumbre.
    Database of academic journals and primary source documents. See library staff for username and password.
  • GALE Infotrac Databases
    Please see the librarian for the password.
  • San Jose Mercury News
    Coverage of Silicon Valley.
  • New York Times
    Major resource for world news. For early issues, see Redwood City Public Library online collections.
  • San Mateo County Times
    Coverage of local news, sports, arts, etc.

Sequoia Library Collections

The following collections or categories of materials may be found in the Sequoia Library.

General Reference: Books are used in the Library only.

Main Stacks: The bulk of the books on all subjects. Check out duration is two weeks, with nenewals.

Quick Reads: A section of thin books for easy reading and enjoyment. Fiction and non-fiction.

Magazines: A variety of titles from the American Photo and New Yorker to Sports Illustrated, Skateboarding, with titles on fashion, travel and exploration, technology, art, world events, etc.

Spanish Books: A section covering all subjects, including fiction, housed in the Fireside Room.

Fiction: Most of the fiction-novels, short stories-are found in the Fireside Room.

Primary Sources: The Library has select items for research. These include a collection of unpublished Civil War letters, local history books and documents, school newspapers and Yearbooks.

All cataloged materials are listed with the Dewey Decimal System. The ten major categories consist of the following:

Dewey Decimal System Categories

The Ten Main Classes

000 Computer science, information & general works
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
400 Language
500 Science
600 Technology
700 Arts & recreation
800 Literature
900 History & geography

Helpful Resources for Research and Writing

  • Online Writing Lab at Purdue
    A very useful site that includes tips on writing successful papers. Includes the most recent MLA (Modern Language Association) citation rules.
  • Citation Machine
    Useful information on making proper attributions in citing sources.
  • Great Books Online
    "The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge." Website blurb.
  • Voice of the Shuttle
    Intermediate to advanced source for humanities research, sponsored by UCSB.