Library

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" If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book "

-J.K. Rowling

The IST Campus Libraries

Here at IST the library is a place to explore and to escape into the world of the imagination. Students find support for their academics as well as a place to have fun.  Both the elementary and the secondary libraries are equipped with academic reference materials as well as a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction titles. .

IST has a rich culture of reading. We've achieved this by integrating into our curriculum the importance of curiosity and independent learning. Our library program focuses on the intellectual and personal development of our community members by empowering them to be ethical users and creators of information, critical thinkers, and life-long learners.

The Elementary Campus Library

The Elementary School Library is the hub of the elementary campus where our students choose to collaborate, create, and inquiry during class and independent times.  It is a large, inviting space with interactive seating for browsing, reading or group activities. You will find cozy seating nooks spread through the library, quiet mindful spaces,  collaborative spaces including a teacher resource and meeting room, green screen, writing lab and reader's theatre. Coming soon is our outdoor library with a veranda, hammocks and performance space connecting literature with a natural environment. We offer:

  • 35,000+ print and 14,000+ web-based resources including;  fiction (picture books through easy reader, series, chapter books and graphic novels), non-fiction, biography, reference and a growing audio collection;

  • home language books in more than 30 different languages;

  • newspapers for both students and parents to enjoy;

  • subscriptions to numerous age-appropriate online databases, encyclopedias and research tools;

  • programs include; visiting authors, Student Library Ambassadors, Adopt-a-Shelf, Parents Read in their Mother Tongue and, whole school reading challenges;  

  • students have weekly structured library classes with our Librarians, and are allowed to check out materials regularly

  • holiday hours.

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The Secondary Campus Library

IST's Secondary Library serves multiple purposes. The two-story space offers areas for students to browse the book collection, check reference materials, work independently, and collaborate. Our new Quiet Room is a contemplative space for those wanting to work independently. Our new conference room offers a space for meetings and group work. The hub of our school, the library is used as a community space for group gatherings, visiting speakers, and after school activities. We offer:

  • 20,000 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, reference materials, newspapers, eBooks, and audiobooks

  • WIFI access  and iMAC computers for community use

  • Online resources such as Britannica School, EBSCO, JSTOR, Newsbank, Gale Database,  and others

  • Extended hours during the school week, Saturdays and school breaks

Parents may apply for library accounts to borrow library books.