The JCHS Library and the Jewish Community Library

Our beautiful JCHS Library is an airy and inviting space where students come to study, conduct research, seek research assistance, and just relax with a good book.
The JCHS Library includes an extensive collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks,and ebooks  as well as academic databases which offer thousands of full-text magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and images.

The purpose of the library program is to provide students with the skills and resources to become discerning researchers who can find and evaluate information with confidence. The librarian works closely with faculty to integrate specific research skills into classroom assignments, and also consults with faculty regularly in order to ensure that library resources are available in support of the curriculum.

The JCHS Library operates in coordination with the Jewish Community Library, a program of Jewish LearningWorks.  The Jewish Community Library serves as a resource and gateway for individuals and families in the general community to encounter Jewish texts, take part in informal classes and programs, and learn about Jewish thought, history, and culture. The Jewish Community Library's collection includes more than 38,000 books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and musical scores.

Front Door Pick-up

Beginning August 23, JCHS will circulate library materials via “Front-Door Pickup” at 1835 Ellis Street. Books, DVDs, and CDs must be reserved in advance. After searching the catalog, you can reserve items by emailing, or by logging in to your personal library account to place a hold. 
Materials that have been reserved will be available for pickup just outside the JCHS front door (the area between the garage and the front doors) on Tuesdays from 11 am to 4 pm. That area can be accessed via the pedestrian gate on Ellis Street or the garage entry on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.

After you reserve an item, we will then confirm by email when your items are downstairs and ready for you to pick up. Please note that the pickup of materials will be at the building’s entrance, and students and families may not access the building or the Library itself. Materials that are circulated will have been quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

Please contact Robin Gluck to learn more.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.