The original Sunnydale High School library was located directly above the Hellmouth. It served as the Scooby Gang's base of operations since the librarian, Rupert Giles, was a member of the Watchers Council and employed the use of this area. Giles brought in old supernatural texts and medieval weapons, to provide his Slayer Buffy Summers with training during and after school hours as well as holding a source of demonic research when dealing with various threats. It was destroyed when Buffy planted it with a large amount of explosives and detonated them in the face of the newly ascended Mayor Wilkins, destroying him along with the rest of the school. (The books had already been removed.)
The center of library was octagonal, with a skylight above and a red painted line on the floor below, clearly defining its shape.
It included a small balcony that was shaped from half of the octagon, facing opposite to the entrance with a pair of stairs each lying at the end of the balcony which also had stacks located within that held books. It also contained a wooden table with chairs in the center of the octagon. There was also a doorway at the back of the balcony which contained another room which, according to Giles, was an old boarded up cellar.
To the right of the library, in front the balcony was the counter where the books were checked in and beyond that was Giles' office.
The book cage was located opposite to Giles' office and resembled a white steel cage with a built-in door and a rectangular slot, for book returns. Inside it housed a cupboard and a window.
It was employed by Rupert Giles to store weapons. It was also employed regularly to contain Oz during his werewolf transformation. The possessed Xander, Philip Henry and the Sunnydale High Swim Team, as well as Vampire Willow, were also held inside in during different occasions.
In 2002, the library was rebuilt along with the rest of Sunnydale High. It retained its octagonal shape and skylight but wasn't directly over the Hellmouth. Instead, this site was then taken over by Principal Wood's office. According to former librarian Rupert Giles, this library was filled with nothing but computers. Though this seemed contradicted by earlier appearances, it was likely the computers where recently installed by 2003.
Books Available from the Library
- Witches: Historic Roots to Modern Practice
- The Pagan Rites
- Emily Dickinson's poetry
- Writings of Aurelius
- Legends of Vishnu
- Black Chronicles
- Writings of Dramius
- Bristow's Demon Index
- Hell's Offspring
- Biography of Joseph Stalin
- Exploring Demon Dimensions
- The Mystery of Acathla
- Sir Robert Kane’s Twilight Compendium
- The Diary of Lucius Temple
- Blood Rites and Sacrifices
- Hebron's Almanac
- Books of Pherion
- Merenshtadt Text
- Kippler Volumes
- Rupert Giles
- Buffy Summers
- Alexander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Jenny Calendar
- Cordelia Chase
- Joyce Summers
- Daniel Osbourne
- Faith Lehane
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
- Robin Wood (his office was contructed on ruins)
- Owen Thurman (for to emprunt a Emily Dickinson book)
- Kyle DuFours (for to deliver a feral Xander)
- Heidi Barrie
- Rhonda Kelley
- Tor Hauer
- Darla (for to spy Buffy and Willow)
- David Kirby (for an informatic session with Mrs. Calendar)
- Fritz Siegel
- Moloch the Corruptor (when scanned by Willow)
- Sid the Dummy (for to revelate his mission to the Scooby Gang)
- Hank Summers (for to search Buffy)
- Hellmouth Spawn (twice, when the Hellmouth was open)
- The Master (when he was dusted by Buffy)
- Jane(for to kidnapp Willow, Jenny and Giles)
- Snyder (for to escap Spike and his gang)
- Inca Mummy (for to give informations on the Sacred Seal)
- Julia (for to stole Du Lac manuscrit's)
- Winslow (for to interrogate Giles on Philip Henry's dead)
- Ethan Rayne (for to find Giles)
- Eyghon the Sleepwalker (when possessing Philip Henry)
- Kendra Young (twice, for to investigate on Drusilla's cure and protect Willow performing the Ritual of Restoration)
- Bezoar babies (for to possess Giles and Joyce)
- Amy Madison (for to reverse the Love Spell)
- Jonathan Levinson (for to emprunt books on Staline)
- Sunnydale High Swim Team (for to annulate mutation steroids effect administered by Coach Carl Marin)
- Drusilla and her minions (for to kidnapp Giles)
- Sunnydale Cops (when investigating Kendra's death)
- Whistler (for to guide Buffy)
- Patches (brought by Buffy so that Giles determines his nature)
- Pete Clarner (for to attack Oz)
- Lyle Gorch and Candy Gorch (for to attack Buffy and Cordelia)
- Gwendolyn Post (for to obtain informations on the Glove of Myneghon)
- Michael Czajak (for to escap Mothers Opposed to the Occult)
- Quentin Travers
- Sisterhood of Jhe (for to open the Hellmouth)
- El Eliminati (for to kidnap Wesley and Giles)
- Vamp Willow (for to attack her double)
- Shrouded Man (for to conclude his pact with Giles)
- Anya Jenkins (for to give information on the Ascension)
- Richard Wilkins (for to threaten the Scooby gang)
- Vahrall Demon (for to open the Hellmouth on the ruins)
Behind the Scenes
- The Sunnydale High School library is the original, and longest running headquarters of the Scooby Gang, having been used as a meeting place for three seasons. The Magic Box is the second longest, having been used for two seasons until its destruction, while Giles's apartment and Buffy's house only served as headquarters for one season.
- The books in the library lend an air of humor and verisimilitude to the mystical, metaphysical, paranormal, and supernatural character of the show. The library provides a convenient means for the characters to discover the true nature of the latest forces and entities that the Hellmouth has unleashed upon them and supports the show's own nature as a Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, symbolizing the importance both of growing up and of growing in knowledge and understanding, as many critics have pointed out.
- The Sunnydale Library, as well as the rest of the high school, was the first Buffyverse set to be retired by completely destroying it. This trend would continue with The Magic Box, and eventually on Angel with the Angel Investigations offices and Wolfram & Hart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Graduation Day, Part Two
- ↑ "School Hard"
- ↑ "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Witch"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date"
- ↑ "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
- ↑ "Prophecy Girl"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "Amends"
- ↑ "What's My Line, Part Two"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Bad Eggs"
- ↑ "Passion"
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 "Beauty and the Beasts"
- ↑ "Revelations"
- ↑ "Gingerbread"
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 "The Zeppo"
- ↑ "Enemies"
- ↑ "Educating Buffy: The Role of Education in Buffy the Vampire Slayer" by Michael Betancourt.