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Library and Resource Center

Committed to Mercy's mission of nurturing life-long learners and global citizens, who are curious about and engaged with the world, and who act from a base of faith and compassion, Mercy High School Resource Center/Library actively supports each Mercy student in becoming a self-directed reader and competent user of information. Our Resource Center staff collaborates with Mercy's faculty, provides class and one-on-one instruction in research, and offers friendly help in exploring the library's books, magazines, and electronic resources, and in thoughtful use of the Internet.

Fun reading and tinkering related videos.

Haley is back with a great new set of recent reads.  Including one of our summer reads!  Enjoy

Creator of "Shitty robots" amazing TED talk.  Love this woman!

Cameron's collection - Mercy's personal wellness collection

Cameron's collection is a collection of ebooks to help teenagers navigate the emotional stresses and strains that sometimes accompany high school.  Accessing these books is completely private.  No-one is able to know who has accessed which books, or for how long.  There is also no limit on the number of users per book, so they will never be unavailable to you.  If you are accessing from home, the password is available on this document which you can access using your Mercy google account.

Mercy Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is available for your resource needs. Direct access to the databases and our e-book collection is included within our catalog. If you are on campus access requires no password, although you will need to login to Destiny/Google to see the full list of databases available. If you are accessing from home passwords are available in this document. The full Fiction collection can also be searched by title, author or genre.

Database Access

Click here to move to the page with the access to all our online databases.

Overdrive e-book and audiobook collection

Sora is the new app to access ebooks on Overdrive.

Students, Faculty, and Staff can checkout e-books and audiobooks any time through our e-book provider OverDrive. In 2017 we were among the founding members of the BAISL Overdrive consortium, a combined library with over 40 other Bay Area Schools. The collection is growing every year, and currently includes more than 1000 high school level e-books as well as audiobooks of the most popular titles.  

Login Information:

The easiest way to access the collection now is through Sora.  This is an app you can install on ipads or phones.  During install use the install code baislca.  When prompted click the button to login through Google. You will need to be signed on to your Mercy google account. If you have any problems please contact Mrs Murphy - smurphy@mercyhsb.com, or 650-762-1162.


Library hours and twitter feed

Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Please note, that if a change in library hours is made
it will be announced to the students via Schoology.

Questions, please contact Mrs. Sarah Murphy, Library Coordinator
at 650-762-1162 or via email at smurphy@mercyhsb.com.


Exploring books and the library

Hailey has just turned 22, and to celebrate she has put together a long list of her favorites. If you are looking for ideas for your next fun read Mrs Murphy would also recommend any one of these. We have most in the library, but if we don't, just let Mrs Murphy know and we will get it in for you. Remember to check out Overdrive too - the list of books on there is long and getting longer each month!

Book review in stop motion

Meet the protagonist of Ready Player One. Really cool Science Fiction.

Activities in the library


Current project in the Tinkerspace - 3D printing, Scratch 3 exploring and arduino 

External Links for Gov projects and research

The library subscribes to Congressional Digest online, and below there are links to important local and federal legislative web sites. Password for Congressional Digest online is here.

Feel free to reach out to Mrs Murphy if you would like help with navigating these sites.

Congressional Digest



A web page with full text of laws for states and federal laws.

Cornell Legal Information Institute

Deep information on laws, court decisions, broad topics. Excellent for Gov projects.

External Links for History projects and research

This is a collection of a few miscellaneous interesting sites and videos that might supplement a history project.

Oldmapsonline.com has searchable maps of all ages. Very cool.

Tuskagee University's hidden audio collection of voices from the Civil Rights era. Fascinating and substantial collection of audio.

Massachusetts Historical Society online primary sources. Great resources for the American Revolutionary period.

The quaintly named American Center for Oriental Research has a digital archive of photos of areas in Jordan and other middle eastern countries - amazing photos of ancient archeological remains. 

Summer Reading book club list

The list describing the six summer reading books is here.

2018-19 Annual report