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Library FAQs

When can I come to the library?

Scheduled middle school class library visits occur every two weeks. All students can visit the Middle & Senior School Library before or after school, and during breaks or free periods from Monday-Friday between 7:45am and 5:00pm.

If there is a specific book you would like, please place it on hold.

How many books can I borrow at one time?

There is no limit on the number of books you can check out at once, but please keep the needs of other students in mind!

For how long can I borrow a library book?

Borrowers have two weeks to return their books after checking them out from the library. Unless another borrower has placed a hold on your book, you can renew books for two additional two-week periods after your first checkout.

What happens if I have an overdue library book?

The librarian sends automatic overdue notices at the end of each month. If you have overdue books checked out to your library profile, please return them as soon as possible. We do not charge fines for overdue library books, but will follow up with borrowers who have items overdue by more than two months.

What if I lose or damage a library book?

Please email the librarian if you lose or damage a library book so that it can be replaced. You will be charged the list price of a replacement copy.

How can I check out a book?

Borrowers can check out books with the computer and barcode scanner at the library circulation desk.

Follow these steps to check out a library book:

  1. Check that you are logged into the 'mslibrary' profile on the York Library Middle & Senior School "classic catalogue" (Follett Destiny).
  2. Click the Circulation tab in the top menu.
  3. Ensure that you are working in the Check Out tab in the lefthand menu.
  4. Find your profile by searching your last name in the Find field (from the Patron sub-tab) OR click on your homeroom/staff list and browse for your picture (from the Homeroom sub-tab).
  5. On your profile page, ensure that the Find field is highlighted, then use the barcode scanner to scan the York School Library barcode (usually at the top right of the front cover or first page) of the book you want to borrow.

Watch this walkthrough video for a library checkout demonstration. Always ask if you need help!

Can I renew library books?

Unless another borrower has placed a hold on your book, you can renew books for two additional two-week periods after your first checkout.

Follow these steps to renew a library book:

1. Log in to Destiny Discover:

Login button is at the top right of the page.

2. Navigate to My Stuff, then click Checkouts:

My Stuff is the second option in the top left menu.

3. Find the title you want to renew and click the three dots. Then, click Renew:

How can I search for books in our library catalogue?

Use the search field in Destiny Discover to search for the title, author, or topic of a book.

Records of books in the catalogue will include:

  • Bibliographic information (author, illustrator, editor, edition, publishing date, number of pages, etc.);
  • Location in the library; and
  • Status of availability (available, checked out, eBook, audiobook).

How can I find a book on the library shelves?

Use the information in the Sublocation field of an item's record in the catalogue to find a book on the library shelves. Then, use the Call Number to find the book within its appropriate section. You find the call number printed on the spine label of every library book.

  • Fiction books are separated into sections based on the genre they best represent. Within each section, books are arranged alphabetically by the first three letters of the author's last name (e.g., FIC ALT, FIC CAM, FIC SIN).
  • Nonfiction books are arranged by topic according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. If there are multiple titles with the same DDC number, they are also ordered alphabetically by the first three letters of the author's last name (e.g., 500 ABE, 500 MAC, 500 TSU).
  • Some books are organized in separate collections in and out of the main library space:
    • Reference titles, Extended Essays, and Personal Projects can be found behind the library circulation desk.
    • Professional Development titles can be found in the Staff Lounge on the 2nd floor.
    • FrenchSpanish, and Mandarin language titles can be found on the shelves by the Wellness Centre.
    • Graphic Novels can be found to the right of the A/V cabinet (to the left of the fiction books).
    • Manga titles can be found on the shelves at the left front corner of the library space.

How can I place a book on hold?

Follow these steps to renew a library book:

1. Log in to Destiny Discover:

The login button is at the top right.2. Search the title of the item you want to place on hold:

Use the search box that follows the top navigation menus to input your search terms.

3. Locate the item you want to place on hold and click the three dots. Then, click Hold:

The librarian will send you an email once your book is ready to be picked up at the circulation desk.

Can I recommend a book to add to the library collection?

Of course! Use the book recommendation form, stop by the circulation desk, or send the librarian an email to suggest a title to add to the Middle & Senior School Library collection.

How do I log into Sora and start reading digital books?

Students and staff can log into Sora with their York School username (first initial + last name + last 2 digits of graduating year). Basically, your York School email address without the "".

Make sure to:

What is a Toronto Public Library Digital Access card and how can I get one?

A Digital Access Card can provide you with immediate access to Toronto Public Library’s digital resources and services. These include:

  • eBooks and audiobooks,
  • digital video and music,
  • digital magazines,
  • digital newspapers,
  • research databases, and
  • eLearning resources.

To be eligible for a Digital Access Card, you must live in Toronto and be 13 years of age or older.

Digital Access Card customers will not be issued a physical card. Library staff will email you a card number which you can use to access the library’s digital resources and services. You will also have an online account that you can access through the library website.

Complete the registration form here to receive your Digital Access Card.

The York School Library Gathering Space, circulation desk, and print collection.

Middle & Senior School Library

7:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday

1320 Yonge Street, 1st Floor (Room 100)

Phone number 416-926-1325 ext. 1506

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