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.
PYP students check out books once a week and can renew books an unlimited amount of times. EC students may check out 1 book a week, Grades 1, 2, and 3 may check out 2 books a week (one English and one in any language of their choice), Grades 4 and 5 may check out three books a week. This does not include textbooks or class reading.
MYP and DP students may check out ten books at a time and have thirty days before they need to be returned or renewed.
An email is sent from the library to homeroom teachers (PYP) and advisors (MYP, DP) at the end of every month listing any outstanding books for their students.
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 the library book of overdue/lost book(s).
Twice a year (mid, and end) the finance office will ask the parents to pay for the book(s) and the student’s library account will be cleared.
Patrons will be charged for lost or damaged books.
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 located in their rooms to function as a classroom library.