Library and Media Center

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on the Treasure Island

O.B. Whaley has an outstanding library and media center containing a wide variety of books, computers, audio-visual materials, and other equipment.

About O.B. Whaley Library

The O.B. Whaley is a special place! Truly the information center of the school, the library is equipped with an automated library system and multiple OPAC computer catalogs for students to search for books.

Library Collection

Our library contains over 10,000 books along with audio-visual items, including: read-a-long tapes, big books, videos, reference books and listening centers.


There are no fines for late books. However students will be charged for damaged or lost books and textbooks. Book care is an important skill for lifelong readers. Some common damages are: torn pages, food stains, writing on pages, wet books. Please do not try to repair library books at home, but have the student send the book to the library for repair.

Tips for Taking Care of Books at Home

  • Keep library books in the same place, such as in your student's backpack.
  • Keep library books safe from babies and pets.
  • Use a bookmark and turn pages carefully by their corners.
  • Read with clean hands.

Library Checkout Procedures (Distance Learning)

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It is your DESTINY to check out books from your school library, even during distance learning!

Follow these easy steps to access your school library's DESTINY so you can place books on hold you want to pick up and read.

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Visit the website
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Click on your school's name
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Click on "Log in" (top right corner)
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Enter your student ID number for both the username and password, click on "Log in"
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From here you can search the catalog and place books on hold.
(Please ignore the message that will pop up. The system thinks you are at school every day and you are not right now. See #6 below)
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Your School Library Media Assistant will contact you when books are ready for you to pick up at school.

Textbook Use and Replacement

The following files are in PDF format.
Find AR Books

If you are wondering if a book is the appropriate AR level for you or your child, there is a website that can help you! Click on the AR BookFinder link below to find out the AR book level and if the book your child is reading has an AR test. Most, but not all library books have an AR quiz.

AR Book Finder

What is the Accelerated Reader Program?

Accelerated Reader (AR), created by Renaissance Learning, Inc., is an individualized reading program used at to assess and improve each student’s reading skills and to increase reading enjoyment. Read the Parent's Guide to AR BookFinder to learn more.

O.B. Whaley Elementary School

  • 2655 Alvin Avenue
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  • San Jose, CA 95121-1609
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  • Phone: 408-270-6759
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  • Fax: 408-223-4537
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