In 2014, the International School of Amsterdam expanded its library services to better suit the growing educational needs of all our students – from Nursery to grade 12. The campus now has three student-centred libraries – Early Childhood, Lower School and Upper School – which provide diverse, relevant and exciting resources to support and enhance learning and teaching at ISA.
Our three libraries are active facilities where students are taught – and practice – research and other 21st century information skills that are necessary for lifelong learning. Reading for pleasure is promoted, encouraged and celebrated.
Each library features dedicated librarians, books in multiple languages and 24-hour online access to services for students via the library websites. The newly reconfigured spaces allow our libraries to increase the number of events and services and further encourage inquiry, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in the coming years.
Our libraries house thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, various reference materials, a parenting collection, magazines and many mother tongue language books in the libraries. Also available are “talking books” in various formats in “Overdrive”, the ISA digital library, an online download service of audio and e-books.
Everyone in the ISA community may borrow materials from our libraries for a period of 2 weeks. Fines are not charged for overdue items, though borrowers are requested to return items on time. For lost or damaged items, however, the cost of replacing the item is charged to the borrower.
Web pages for the libraries are available through the ISA Libraries Guide. This allows the ISA community to access the library computer catalogue, online reference and information resources (subscription databases) and Internet links for study and research.