• History and Description of the Reed Library  • The Collection • Technology • Mission Statement  • Staff 

History and Description

Originally called North Hollywood Junior High, construction started in 1938 with WPA funds during WWII. When the school opened in 1939 it was hailed as one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the country. Today, Walter Reed stands as a beautiful neoclassic structure. The library is a large room with a 30 ft barrel vaulted ceiling. Shelving and wood accents are in dark oak. Five large arched windows grace the eastern wall. The room has a classic,traditional feel to it. The classic library atmosphere has drawn the attention of movie studios. The most recent major motion picture filmed in the library was Primary Colors. Look for our library in the opening segment of the movie.

The Collection

    • The library currently holds about 17,000 volumes
    • Subscriptions to 15 periodicals
    • Playaway Audio Books
    • Extensive Manga collection
    • Electronic reference collection through Gale's Virtual Reference Library (password required) 


The library is fully automated. You can search our collection by clicking on the Library Catalog or Destiny Quest links in the sidebar to the right. The library has 12 desktop computers and 35 iPads for visiting classes all on a wireless network. Students have access to both b/w and color printers. We can copy and scan items for students, but this service is limited during busy periods.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a collection and service that meets the academic and recreational reading needs of our students, the technology that will give them access to the information sources, media, and productivity tools that supports their research and lessons, and an environment that is beautiful, safe and condusive to reading and research.

Ms. Federico, Teacher Librarian, National Board Certified Teacher
Ms. Federico (AKA Ms. Fed) has been teaching at Reed since 1993.  She came here to complete her student teaching in January 1993 and was hired to teach 7th and 9th grade English in August 1993 (we were a true junior high at the time).  She has taught English for 22 years at Reed.  She was Reed's Literacy Coach for two years as well.  All throughout these years, her passion for reading was evident.  Students called her classroom "the second library."  Her favorite thing about teaching was infecting her students with her passion for reading and writing.  In addition to her MA in secondary eduction and her National Board Certification for teaching middle school English, she is pursuing her credential in Library Media Services at Cal State Long Beach.

Library Practice 2015-2016
These students are here to provide you with immediate assistance. They are extremely knowledgeable and well trained to point you in the right direction to find just what you need.

Library practice is an elective class in which students learn information literacy, library procedures, and library maintenance. The course in highly structured and rigorous. Besides shelving books, assisting with circulation, and preparing new books for circulation, students must complete an extensive online course of study teaching them how to access, evaluate and choose a variety of information sources.












Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, except Tuesday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday 8:000 am to 1:45 pm, Staff Development Day

We are open at nutrition every day and at lunch Monday through Thursday

All students must have a library pass during class periods. If students wish to use the Internet or productivity computers during class periods, they must also have a valid ID with an Internet Access sticker attached.


Circulation and Fees


You may check out a maximum of 3 materials
Books may be checked out for 2 weeks and renewed once, unless there is a hold.
- Current magazines are for use in the library and are not circulated.
- Back issues of magazines may be checked out for one week.
- Reference materials with a blue call number label are for library use and may not be checked
- Reference materials with a green call number label may be checked out overnight and must be returned the next day. These are located on the wall to the right of the circulation desk.

- Overdue books are charged at 10¢ per day up to to $5.00. Fines can be negotiated
- Lost magazines are charged at $2 plus the cover price.
- Damaged barcodes, spinelabels or pockets - $2
- Lost I.D. card - $5

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