Lower School Libraries

Librarian Warren Wright dressed as Geronimo Stilton for the Book FairLink to CAIS Library Online Catalog

Lower School students have access to two libraries that between CAIS and FAIS, hold over 45,000 volumes of books, magazines and multimedia publications. Additionally, students have access to the largest elementary school collection of Chinese books and films in the United States; a total of 3,000 Chinese volumes.

The Herbst Foundation Lower School Library—Basement (Kindergarten to Second Grade) 
The Herbst Foundation Lower School Library is located on the basement level of our Oak campus and serves Kindergarten through second grade students. This library is designed to serve our younger students who are restricted from using the third floor library due to San Francisco Building Code restrictions.

The Li Sumin and Yih Aichu Chinese Library—Third Floor (Third to Fifth Grade) 
This library, located on the third floor, is open to students in third grade to eighth grade. The library is shared with students, parents, faculty and staff and French American International School. Computers are available to access the card catalog and research on the Internet. Students, parents, faculty and staff are invited to use the library for research and to check out books, or to just read during library hours. Librarians from both schools are always ready to answer your questions and help locate information.

Library Hours 

  • The Herbst Foundation Lower School Library—Basement : Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Li Sumin and Yih Aichu Chinese Library—Third Floor: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Library Rules 

  • No games, gum, candy, food or drinks are permitted in the library.
  • When finished with a book, or leaving the library, students should place books on a library cart.
  • Damaging or removing materials or disturbing others in the library will result in removal from the library or revocation of privileges.

Circulation Policy 

  • Students and parents may borrow up to six items. Books and periodicals are loaned for two-week periods. They may be renewed twice if no other requests exist for the items.
  • The borrower named on the loan record is responsible for the return of the material by the date due. Students with overdue items will be required to bring their library accounts up to date before renewing or checking out additional items.
  • The borrower is responsible for paying to replace any items lost or returned to the library damaged.
  • DVDs may be checked out on Thursday or Fridays and are due the following Monday. All library materials must be returned by the end of the year or families may be billed. 

Use of Computers in the Library 

Laptop computers are available for use during regular library hours. The Internet may only be used for educational and/or school projects. Games, game sites and online chatting are forbidden.