The IST Library




Our library is a friendly place where our community is inspired and challenged to think critically, read widely, act ethically, value creativity and defend the right to access to information.

Our librarians and staff believe:

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component of education.

(These beliefs have been adopted from the American Association of School Librarians.)

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.


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