Sam Houston HS Library (Arlington ISD)

Sam Houston HS Library (Arlington ISD)


Howdy! Welcome to the Sam Houston High School Library!

Sam Houston Texans Are Readers!


Library Staff

 Katie Yu--Teacher-Librarian

B.A. English, Univ. of Texas--Austin

M.A. English, Middlebury College

M.S. Library Science, University of North Texas

Email:  Phone: 682-867-8588

Twitter: @SamHoustonHSLib

Library Calendar: CLICK HERE

Library Hours

7:20 AM to 3:15 PM  Monday-Friday

NOTE: Library is CLOSED during Pep Rallies!


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a book, ebook, or audiobook?

Go to (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., click on Sam Houston H.S., and click on the catalog tab. Alternatively, you can use the search box widget below. 

  1. Enter your title, author, or subject (keywords only) below.
  2. Copy the call number under the book and search the shelves.
  3.  If it's an ebook or audiobook, enter your ID# for the username & password to access. (Add an e before your ID number for username and password if you're an employee.)
  4. See Mrs. Yu or her assistant if you need help. 

How do I access the online databases and encyclopedias?

Go to (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., click on Sam Houston High School, and scroll down. If the Destiny homepage is down, go to (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and click on the icon for the appropriate database or online encyclopedia. You can get to the EBSCOhost databases by going to the Destiny homepage or by going to  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

For a list of usernames and passwords, go to the following site and log into your AISD Google account when prompted: AISD Database Passwords

How do I access the ebooks?

Follett ebooks (mostly fiction) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or download the Destiny Discover app. Your username and password are your ID#. Precede this number with an e if you're an employee.

EBSCO ebooks (mostly nonfiction): (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or download the EBSCO ebooks app. See the password list above for the username and password for the EBSCO ebooks, NOT the EBSCO databases.  

Overdrive (fiction & nonfiction): (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Click on Overdrive after logging into Rapid Identity.)

When is the library open and why is it closed sometimes?

The library is open each school day from 7:20-3:15 PM Monday through Friday.

Occasionally, the library may be closed because of special events such as meetings or testing.

Every effort will be made to post these closures in advance, but we can't guarantee such notice. Therefore, please do not wait until the day a paper/project is due to finish and/or print it. 

How do I get a username and password so I can use the school computers?
Your username is the first five letters of your last name + ID#. You can now set or reset your own password for logging into school computers as well as Canvas, Self-Serve, your AISD Google account by going to http://password.aisd.netLinks to an external site. . See Mrs. Yu or her assistant in the library if you need help.

How do I log into my Google account or into a Chromebook?
Your username is the first five letters of your last name + Your password is the same password you use for Canvas and Self-Serve.

Can I use the library computers to work on school assignments?
Yes! Any computer may be used by students for school assignments unless they are reserved for a class. Please do not use the computers that are hooked up to scanners unless you need to scan something. Be sure you save your work to your U:// drive which has your username next to it or upload it to your Google account. It's strongly recommended that you save in multiple locations.

Why can't we play games, chat, watch anime, read personal email, stream/download music/video/toolbars/programs?
The AISD Acceptable Usage policy states that all school computers are to be used for educational purposes only. (You may find this on the AISD website.) For each person on the internet in the district at one time, the internet slows down, especially when people are streaming or downloading. Additionally, computers would fill up quickly if they were used for purposes other than academic ones, and we need to make sure that all students have the opportunity to complete their school research and assignments. You may stream or download music or videos for school assignments only. Please do not download toolbars and programs since they often have malicious software attached. If you need to download a program to complete an assignment, ask Mrs. Yu for permission. 

Can I print out my work? What does it cost?
Yes, you may use the library's printers for academic purposes.  You must log on to the printers using your AISD student ID and password (see Mrs. Yu or Mrs. Kopp if you need help). You may want to copy and paste only what you need into Word or Google Slides, especially if a web page has a lot of banners or ads. 

Do you have a copy machine?
Yes. You may use the Delta Print printers behind Mrs. Kopp's desk. Alternatively, you may use the old copy machine.
Copies are .10 a page. The copy machine is located in near the STEAM Room on the west side of the library. You can also scan documents and print them using one of the two scanners (ask for help).

How much are overdue fines?
We no longer charge overdue fines, but we ask that you return books by the due date in case someone else needs them. Additionally, if you have overdue books, you will need to return them before you can check out additional books. If you return a book with water damage or other significant damage, you will be required to pay to replace the book.

What if I can't find a book I checked out or I loaned the book to someone who lost it?
First, please don't loan books to others. You are financially responsible for any books you check out. Ask Mrs. Yu or her assistant in the library how much the book cost and pay for the book. If you would prefer to bring in an identical copy of the book in very good or new condition, you may also do that as a straight replacement.

Can I buy school supplies in the library?
Yes, you may purchase poster board for $.50 each and other items. Please ask to see the school supplies menu for more details. We do have a limited number of items you may borrow for use ONLY in the library such as markers, colored pencils, and glue sticks.

What happens if I violate the behavior expectations or school/district policies?
The first violation of library expectations is a warning. The second will result in a behavior contract. The third results in a parent phone call. Thereafter, a referral will be written. For serious violations such as the viewing of inappropriate materials, insubordination/disrespect, harassment, fighting, destruction of property, theft, etc., a referral may be written immediately and the student dismissed from the library immediately.

Can I use my own device in the library?
You are welcome to use your own device before or after school or during lunch. However, it must remain on silent or you must use earbuds or headphones and keep the volume down. You must also adhere to all school BYOT guidelines. If you are in the library with a teacher or your teacher sent you to the library, you must follow that particular teacher's BYOT rules. Please do not leave your devices unattended. We cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. If an item is lost or stolen, please report it to the librarian and your assistant principal as soon as possible.

Do you have any recommendations for what I should read next?

Ask Mrs. Yu for recommendations! Here are some websites you might find useful for looking up new things to read:

TAYSHAS Award Winning YA Books (like Bluebonnet Books for young adults!)

The Hub:

What Should I Read Next:

Bookriot Young Adult:

How do I learn about the library's STEAM Room (Makerspace) or use it?

You may join us twice a month from 3:15-4:00 PM after school to use our Makerspace (days/dates TBD).

Where can I find copyright free photos, music, and video clips, so I can avoid copyright infringement and possibly being sued?

Click on Modules to the left of this page and then click on the Copyright Free Resources link.

Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance. We are happy to help! :)

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