Welcome to the AISA Library!
Our Library team encourages reading for the sheer joy of it – whether a story that transports us to other realms or a text that informs us about new ideas or perspectives. We enjoy helping students select reading that will engage and challenge them as well as improve the quality of research skills at each level of student development
We have a substantial collection of over 20,000 books and 1500 on-line magazines for students, teachers and parents. We have a wide variety of non-fiction titles selected to enhance the academic curriculum (PYP to IB Diploma and High School Diploma) as well as many general interest topics. Our fiction section is equally diverse in terms of genre, reading and interest levels. Most books are in English, but we do have a range of titles in Arabic, French and a variety of other AISA family languages. Donations of high quality books are always appreciated!
KG students have both library and computer time every week with Ms. Archie in their dedicated computer lab and library room in the KG Building. All classes from Grade 1-5 have a scheduled Library time each week in the main library for book exchange and usually a ‘read aloud’ story or lesson related to their PYP Unit of Inquiry. Secondary classes are also welcome at any time for book exchange, research or individual study time.
We are open from 7.30 a.m. until 3.45 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday, until 2.50 pm on Wednesday (depending upon teacher meetings) and until 3.15 pm on Thursdays. Students are welcome to visit the Library before school, during breaks and after school. Students must bring a note from their teacher (in their handbook for Secondary students or from their class teacher for elementary) if they wish to visit the Library during their class time.
Borrowing and lending:
Students (and their parents) and are entitled to check out two books for two weeks. KG students check out one book every two weeks. Books can renewed for an extra week, if a hold has not already been placed. Extra books can be checked out under certain conditions (e.g. summer reading or IB Extended Essay research). There are no overdue fines for late books, but prompt return is appreciated. If books are lost they must be paid for before more books can be checked out, or for school reports or transfer records to be issued by ASIA.
Using the catalogue:
Our library’s easy-to-use electronic catalogue(Destiny) is linked to all school computers and makes title selection a simple process. Our on-line databases are also an excellent research tool; from Encyclopedias to College-level academic journal articles. Please see the link to ‘Research Databases’ on this site. All Library computers have internet access and students can save their research on USB devices or print if necessary. The library also has WiFi internet access.
Feel free to come and browse the collection. We look forward to meeting you soon.