Creating inspiring, welcoming and relaxing spaces for reading and research.

Library Commons
What We Do
We support rich reading resources and accessible digital databases within our library learning commons, across campuses, and into our community. Our partners include Placer County Library and the California State Library. 

Where We're Going
We've been visiting other libraries, including the re-visioned Library Learning Commons at Sierra College. Listen to an interview we had with Sierra's Dean and Librarian, Sabrina Pape. Click through pictures of this welcoming collegiate space on the Rocklin campus. 

Library Think Tank

Placer Union is embarking on a think tank process to craft a new vision for our libraries. Three areas are under consideration by a diverse team of staff, faculty & community. 
  • Environmental Design: furniture, technology, space
  • Scholarly Uses: research, reading, enrichment
  • Commons Uses: chromebooks, tutoring, distance learning
See membership below. Thanks to Placer County Library's Tony Carmack for his participation and Sierra College librarian Sabrina Pape for her video contribution. (PUHSD: View Library Think Tank notes from our engaged focus group of avid readers, library advocates and tech support.) 

Library Partnerships

The Placer County Library provides library cards to all PUHSD students and access to their collection digitally or at one of their branches located in our high school communities: Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill & Loomis.

The California State Library provides free digital access to ProQuest, Encyclopedia Britannica and Teaching Books. We attended a training at Sacramento Office of Education in August to learn about these resources.

Library staff take in a training on the California State Library reading and research resources.

Spring '19 Update

Seating & Study Spaces

One Book One Community

Along with Rotary, Sierra College, Placer County Library, and Placer County Office of Education, Placer Union is a sponsoring partner for Auburn's One Book One Community, a series of community events themed around one author and their recently published book. It's a celebration of reading and an opportunity to engage our neighbors in relevant regional and national issues. Visit OBOC's website for this year's title and event dates. Then get out to a bookstore, pick up the book, and get ready to join the conversation!

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents

Resources for Staff

A Good Listen

We're energized by the surge of interest in school and community libraries. Here's a recent NPR interview of Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book. Enjoy listening to her insights about the public places that enrich our learning and lives.

Podcast Profile

Podcasts are an exciting medium that students are embracing. Here's an interview of the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Favorite quote: "Librarians are the original search engine!" Here's a link to this amazing national treasure that archives books, music, interviews, and fascinating artifacts of the United States. Go LOC!


Michelle Isheim

District Lead (+ English & Dance)


Wendy Baldwin

Foresthill HS: 530-367-5244


Mike Divine

Colfax HS: 530-346-2284


Shirley Hall

Placer HS: 530-885-4581


Peg Krainz

Del Oro HS: 916-652-7243


Tanya Zito

District Tech Admin


Mick Shatswell

Tech & Data Mgmt: 530-886-4440


Gregg Ramseth

Tech & Assessment

Jeff Tooker

Deputy Superintendent

Digital Resources

Note: Resources are bookmarked on chromebooks.

Destiny Quest Portal

Choose great reads while on your Chromebook and then pick 'em up while on campus. Reserve the latest fiction title today and share an online review once you've turned the last page.

Here's how to navigate Quest.

Placer County Library

All students are issued a Placer County library card to acces the following free services via their chromebook. 

ProQuest Research & eBooks Central

Courtesy of the California State Library, students and staff have password-free access while on campus. For off-campus password access, ask our library staff. Here's a short video overview

Encyclopedia Britannica

Here's a place to start your research for images, accurate information, and insights. Access here.  

Teaching Books

Check out interviews with your favorite author. Researching a book? This site has discussion questions, lesson plan activities and more. Great for staff and students. Get started here! (No login is required.)

'18 Think Tank

All library staff, plus these colleagues:

Tony Carmack: Placer County Librarian
Charis Grey: educ. services admin
Ellie Verdi: MVCA teacher
Katie Rinderle: MVCA teacher
Rachel Stevenson: MVCA counselor
Sarah Schopfer: Colfax teacher
Derek Hildinger: FHS teacher
Nick Carlile: DOHS teacher
Joel Agee: DOHS teacher
Nick Zerwas: DOHS ass't principal
Rob Hitchcock: Alt. Ed principal
Randy Ittner: FHS principal
Fred Dollahite: PUHSD network admin
Mike Farnham: PHS system admin
Richie Young: DOHS system admin
Sandy Russo: PUHSD budget & accounting
Jeff Patton: PUHSD maintenance & operations
Peter Efstathiu: assistant superintendent