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Library Hours

Monday - Friday

7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Contact Information

Vanessa MacKenzie

(510)723-3100 ext. 40401

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For all portal help questions and answers please go here.

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About the Library

The school library is a VERY busy place at Bret Harte Middle School. The library has a constantly updated inventory.  Shelves of comics, high-interest novels, popular series, DVDs, bean bags and a stack of board games, is why lunchtime in the library just is AMAZING!


Need help with an assignment? Need to jazz up your project? Want to finish your homework early? Have no access to a computer or printer at home? The library is more than a place for awesome reads and entertainment. Come see Mrs. MacKenzie for a lunchtime pass!


Students check out their class textbooks from the library at the beginning of each school year or upon arrival to Bret Harte. Once the majority of students have textbooks checked out the library is immediately opened for regular book checkouts and lunchtime activities. All students are responsible for taking care of their books, remembering due dates and for returning all items checked out by the end of the school year. Mrs. MacKenzie will assist students how to use the library, where to find the books that are of interest, with project printing and assistance, replace lost or damaged books and pay fines owed.


You may access your own library record online to find out what you have checked out and when they are due. Click on the library portal below. On the new page click on the top right corner where it says log in. Log in with your information as stated below and click the blue log in button. Click the tab that says catalog.


Library Portal

Username:  your student ID #

Password:  your last name




Donations to the library are welcomed at any time. If books are in good condition or have a little love I can add them to the library or find it a new home! If there is a donation that is not a book item please contact me directly to see if I can accept the item. 

FINES and Overdues

If a book that is checked out becomes lost, stolen, damaged ( torn, wet, stained, etc) a fine from a partial to full amount will be accessed to the account. This includes textbooks which range from $68 and up. These fines bar students from additional checkouts, dances, extracurricular activities, walking the stage, and ultimate graduation from high school.


There are many ways to take care of the fines if students see me immediately. I am very easy to work with as far as solutions but it requires students being proactive and speaking with me. I will not work with last-minute fixes nor students having any excuses during the last month of school.


Fine can be seen with the instructions in the above box. To clear an account students or parents can make:


Textbook and Library Book Options

1) Cash payments to the library (sorry no checks or credit card availability).

2) Exact replacement of title missing bought thru online or store vendors. Textbooks can be found here. Library books can be found via Amazon, Abebooks or any other vendor. Please ask your student to get an ISBN print out of books that have been fined.


Library Books Only

3) Purchase of a new high-interest YA level novel (hardcover). Please speak to me before purchasing.

4) Special Circumstances and or Special Arrangements - With these options a written and/or documentation will need to be submitted by student and parent. Depending on circumstances borrowing may be barred for the remainder of the year and/or community service in lieu of payment. This option is not available the last month of school without a prior arrangement with Mrs. Mackenzie.


Overdue materials immediately delete fines when items are returned. If payments have been made in a short period of time from the return, a full cash refund will be given. If refund amount is not readily available then a refund process will be initiated thru the district.

Librarian Contact Information

Vanessa MacKenzie

(510)723-3100 ext. 40401