The mission of the QAIS School Library is to inspire and encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning in our school community whilst supporting the curricular and co-curricular programs and promoting international mindedness.
The QAIS Library strives to be a learning hub that is an integral part of the school community. The library supports teaching, learning and research in an intellectually and culturally open environment.
The Library Staff strives to work collaboratively with teachers to create authentic learning for all students, to encourage effective use of ideas and information; to provide quality resources to encourage reading for pleasure and to help students stay informed in a rapidly changing world.
The QAIS Library is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday of the academic year. Students may come during their scheduled library session or on permission of their teacher. Groups of students larger than 4 need permission ahead of time from the Librarian. Teachers and staff are welcome to browse and pick up materials in person or notify needs via email or phone. The Textbook room may be accessed by appointment.
An email is sent to homeroom teachers (PYP) and advisors (MYP, DP) at the end of every month listing any outstanding books for their students. Books on these lists will also be added to the list for family contact at the end of the ongoing three-month period; once an overdue book is added to this list, the student who checked it out will regain his/her check-out privileges.
The purpose of this is to keep teachers and advisors aware of books checked out by their students and to ask in their assistance in the returning or renewing of these books. Teachers should then inform individual parents about missing or overdue books.
Students are not allowed to check out books over their book allowance amount therefore if a student has not returned a previously checked out book, they may not be able to check out another.
Three times a year: (November, February, and May) an overdue book report is produced, and parents are informed by first the library and then the business office.
If a book has not been returned or renewed within a week of the initial librarian email to parents, the finance office will send an email to the parent(s) asking that the book be returned or paid for to clear the student’s library account.
Example for the 2019-2020 year
Patrons will be charged for lost or damaged books.
End of the year book recovery from students:
As a multi-use space, the library is designed to play a central role for the school community.
It is important for learners to have designated physical spaces as well as virtual spaces, so this library is designed to blend the two in a way that gives learners experience with a variety of media.
There are distinct zones within the library that include multiple teaching and learning spaces.
Students, teachers, and parents may access all areas of the library as appropriate. However, it is expected that PYP and MYP/DP students will predominantly use the areas specifically designed for them. The MYP/DP students have access to and may borrow from all collections. PYP students may access the resources for the older students under supervision and with permission.
Story time Circle
Creative Corner (bookable)
PYP Fiction Section
Picture Books/Non-Fiction Tree Wall
Work/Listening Station Room (bookable)
World Language & Café Corner
Fiction Reading Area
Large group Learning Area (bookable)
Quiet Work Space
Teachers may select texts to be sub-located to their rooms to function as a classroom library. The teacher will be trained to use Destiny Catalog and may check books in and out from their own computer.