The School Library & Information Technology


Our library helps to prepare students for independent and creative lifelong learning by providing access to information resources and technology, guiding inquiry and fostering a love of reading in a collaborative and internationally-minded environment.

The focus of the library program is for students to access information efficiently and effectively, to evaluate information critically and competently, to use it accurately and creatively, and to read for pleasure. The following is a sampling of some of the particular skills learned:

  • Find, evaluate and select appropriate resources
  • Demonstrate mastery of tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
  • Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
  • Follow ethical and legal guidelines when gathering, using, and presenting information.
  • Solicit and respect diverse perspectives while searching for information, collaborating with others, and participating as a member of the community.
  • Organize knowledge so it is useful and can be called upon easily.
  • Sharing knowledge and learning with others, both face to face and through technology
  • Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading.

With over 37,000 titles in more than 6 languages, the IST Library is the largest of any international school in Tianjin. We strive to bring all members of the IST community a wide variety of reading choices, whether purely for pleasure or for teaching and learning. The Library offers iPads, Kindles and MacBooks, author visits, book clubs for students and adults, information sessions for parents, as well as 2 annual book fairs. The Library is also home to The Writing Center; students can come to seek writing assistance and support the student coaches who are available during lunch and after school.

Students can check out materials during scheduled sessions as well as during recess, lunch, and after school. Parents also are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of the ample resources and check out materials for their personal and family use.

The library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) and extensive online reading and research resources also can be accessed by clicking on the IST door knocker icon below.

To find out about the Library’s latest happenings, please visit our blog:



IST’s approach to preparing our students with 21st century technology skills is to integrate and make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all subjects.

IST offers a variety of Technology Tools to enhance teaching and learning.

  • Electronic White Boards
  • iMacs
  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Laser Scanners
  • Vacuum Formers
  • Drill Presses
  • LEGO and VEX Robotics

Our primary platform for teaching and learning is Apple/Macintosh, though Windows is also supported throughout the school. WordPress blogs are used widely on the Elementary Campus as a tool for communicating general activities taking place in the classroom. ManageBac is used as the main virtual learning platform to communicate with parents school wide.
ICT Guiding Principles

  • Appropriate ICT use is an essential component of optimal learning environments
  • ICT creates new teaching and learning opportunities that improve student learning and understanding.
  • ICT encourages fundamentally different forms of interaction between students, teachers, and the community. It contributes to a learner-centered, collaborative, engaging learning environment.
  • ICT provides the means for students to explain, interpret and apply their knowledge.
  • ICT provides students with an opportunity to work with the design cycle- Investigate, Plan, Create, and Evaluate.
  • ICT allows teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students by adapting to individual goals and learning styles.

Access to IST computers and the school’s wireless network is a privilege available to students at IST. With privilege comes responsibility. Our goal in providing this service is to enhance student learning and teach them about being responsible citizens in the 21st century. The guidelines below are in alignment with the IST Rights and Responsibilities.
Student Responsibility:

  • I will accept responsibility for proper use of school technology and for reporting any misuse of technology.
  • I will respect the privacy and dignity of students and teachers at all times and will not use, copy, or delete another user’s files, folders, or passwords.
  • I am responsible for keeping secret any passwords given to me and updating these regularly.
  • I will not intentionally alter existing software, hardware or network systems and their settings.
  • I will respect school equipment and not vandalize it.
  • I will not spread computer viruses or malicious software of any kind and will take precautionary measures to prevent such a spread (i.e. regularly scanning flash drives for viruses).
  • I will not play games on the computer during school hours, unless a teacher has given consent.
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