Our three well-stocked libraries are more than just cosy places to settle down with a good book.
At ISD we believe that libraries should provide an environment where students are exposed to new ideas though the use of multiple resources. For that reason, you'll find more than just books within our walls. As well as fostering a love of reading, our librarians aim to help students develop the skills that will enable them to become independent and effective users of ideas and information.
Our Senior School Library website is full of news, resources, ideas for reading, and curriculum information. On the website, you will find support materials for MLA documentation style as well as resources that support the writing process. Via the website, you can also request new resources, follow us on Twitter, or contact Library staff.
ISD parents are also welcome to borrow books and other resources from our libraries.
The Senior School "McWilliam Library" caters to students in grades 6 to 10. It is a modern, flexible learning space, completely refurbished in 2014. Our acoustic pods enable students and teachers to work together in small groups, conduct online interviews, produce sound and video recordings, or to work quietly on their own, while our innovative Makerspace area allows students to build, tinker and design.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) serves the needs of our Diploma Programme students in grades 11 and 12. Refurbished and expanded in 2015, the LRC provides a pre-university study area for both students and teachers.
A large collection of eResources is also available to current students, parents and teachers on our intranet. In addition to academic databases such as Britannica, ProQuest and Questia, we also provide access to Statista, The Day, Opposing Viewpoints, Grove Art and Grove Music, as well as a further collection of databases, encyclopaedia, and open access academic databases.
The senior school librarian works in partnership with teachers to provide collaborative instruction in the areas of creative writing, academic writing, the research process and the use of technology for learning. Two particular areas of focus are the Middle Years Programme Personal Project and the Diploma Programme Extended Essay. The librarian also supports literacy for all senior school students.
The Senior School Library Makerspace is available to all students at break and lunchtimes. Students can choose from Lego and Lego Mindstorms, K'Nex, puzzles and board games, card games, quizzes, mindfulness drawing, and crafts such as bracelet-making, knitting, and embroidery. We also have a collection of 'Maker' books and resources. Students are welcome to come along and make, tinker, innovate, or create.