• Welcome   

    "A writer only begins a book.  A reader finishes it"  - Samuel Johnson

    Welcome to Dorothy McElhinney Middle School home of the "COLTS" 

    Library hours are Monday - Friday 8:00-3:00 and open during all breaks and lunches 

    Student ID


    Students MUST have a student ID card to checkout library books. Student ID cards will be issued at the beginning of the year. Lost cards can be replaced for a $5.00 charge in the student services office. 

    Computer use

    Students may use the library computers before school, during breaks and lunches.  Library computers are for school work only. Students need to bring paper to print and/or a flash drive to save their work. Any disk needs to be checked by the librarian for viruses before it can be used in a library computer. An acceptable use policy must be on file for the students to access the internet.

    Library books

    Students may check out library books for two weeks and renew books for two more weeks. Lost or damaged books will have to be paid for before students can check out more books. Students are allowed to check out two books at a time.


    Students will receive an at-home set of textbooks at the beginning of the school year on schedule pickup day. These textbooks are to be kept at home for doing homework. Class sets will be provided in all classrooms.


    Students may now download audio and digital material using this link:  https://murrietaca.libraryreserve.com

    destiny quest
    Choose Your School from List

    Available from the library web page every hour, every day!

    • One Search: can search multiple sources, including the collection of library books + databases such as Searchasaurus and Encyclopedia Britannica Online with one easy and time-saving search.
    • Students are able to view a complete list of search results at one glance. Book Covers are visible in catalog.
    • Shelf Browse - virtually Search Limiters: In addition to searching the traditional author, title subject searches, you can search by genre, lexile level, format and length (# of pages) MLA citation and formatting is included
    • Personalize your library experience with the individual Student Login: User name: Your 9 digit student number 
      • Password: Your first name and grade level 
      • EXAMPLE: User name: 012345678 Password: suzie11

    The Destiny Quest Mobile app makes our catalog a touch away from your device. While the interface is more simple than the web-based version, it allows you to search, place holds, view Resource Lists, get citation information, see our most popular titles and see new books as they arrive.

    Click on the links below to download from iTunes and Google Play -free! When asked for library URL:library.murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Apple Devices                                                                   Android Devices      
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    We gladly accept donations of new and gently used books.  

    California Young Readers Award 


    Contact Information

    Mrs. Hamilton
    Library Tech
    (951)304-1885 Ext. 3581