Welcome to the San Marcos High school library!

LIBRARY HOURS: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am to 4:00pm


Click the link to search for a book in the library catalog.


Library Updates

Celebrate Black History Month

At SMHS we honor and affirm black voices year round. Since February is Black History  Month, it is a great time to read a book by a Black author.

Click the button below to see a collection of some of our favorite nonfiction and fiction books by Black authors:

To enter the the Black History Month Reading Challenge—

Student book recommendations will be published (with student first names only) on this website. Ten lucky readers will win gift cards to Lighthouse Coffee or Blenders in the Grass. We will draw the names of the student winners on March 1.  You are welcome to share more than one book!

If you have a question or you would like a book recommendation, visit the library or email Ms. McMillan at amcmillan@sbunified.org.

Spring Independent Reading Launch

During the first two weeks of school the library is very busy with independent reading launch lessons for English classes.

 🎯 The learning target for all classes is to sample a variety of books before choosing at least one that fits your unique reading level, interests and curiosities. 

Fall Textbook Return

Return all Term 1 and Term 2 textbooks and class novels to the library starting the week of Monday, January 22. The last day to return books is Thursday, January 25. If you owe a fine for loss or damages, pay it now. Stop by the library or go to the library catalog to check your library account. 

Your library account displays the books you currently have checked out as well as fines you may owe for lost or damaged books. Click this link for information on How to Check Your Library Account. If you have any questions, contact Amy McMillan at amcmillan@sbunified.org or call (805) 967-4581 x 5516.

Ideas for SMHS Makers

The SMHS Library has a 3D Printer and a Cricut Machine for students and staff to use. 

For more information on each machine, click the links below:

November is Native American Heritage Month

Are you looking for a book written by a Native American Author? Click the link to see what we have in the SMHS Library: Native American Voices

Here are some favorites:

LGBTQ+ History Month: October 2023

Stop by the library to browse our display of books about LGBTQ+ history and the achievements of LGBTQ+ people.

To learn more, check out the resources available through the library databases Gale in Context High School: LGBTQ+ Community Equality (Password from home: royals or sign in with Google). In the database, you will find a curated list of resources, such as magazine and newspaper articles, videos, images, infographics, and more.

Banned Books Week (October 1 - 7)

Join the American Library Association and the Banned Books Coalition as we celebrate our collective right to read.

You are invited to stop by the library to— 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

All students are invited to read at least one book by a Latinx author. For ideas, check out this list of recommended books from Teaching Books and our Latinx Literature Collection from the SMHS Library.

After you read the book, write a review (on paper or digital) to enter a raffle for a Blender's or Lighthouse Coffee gift card. There will be five winners.

For more details, click the link to the Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month flyer.

To enter the raffle, please submit your review by Friday, October 13.


End-of-Year Library Book Return

SMHS Library Makerspace

All students are invited to stop by the SMHS Library Makerspace before school, at lunch, after school, or during your dismissal period. 

Click the link for Free Time Activities available now in the Makerspace.

Interested students may also sign up to use the MakerBot 3D printer. For more about our 3D printer, click here: 3D Printing in the Library

We want to hear from you! Please complete this Maker Survey to tell us about the kinds of projects and materials we should add to the space.