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iSB Libraries

Our library is the intellectual heart of the school and a catalyst for creating a community of passionate readers and life-long learners living in an interconnected world. The library guides the schoolwide vision of the research process to teach students how to access, evaluate, and use information ethically, critically, and efficiently

We value...


  • Literacy in all forms
  • Freedom to read
  • Reading in more than one language


  • The role of inquiry in creating independent learners
  • Critical thinking skills in selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information
  • Ethical users and creators of information

Collaboration for Learning

  • Strong links across the curriculum
  • Collaboration between librarians and classroom teachers
Role in the Community
  • A safe, social space
  • Connection between home and school
We believe students learn best when they...
  • see themselves as readers
  • are empowered to make choices
  • understand the systems of the library to independently discover resources
  • read a wide variety of resources to gain multiple perspectives
  • gain the benefit of librarians and teachers collaborating
  • have personal experiences with creators of information
  • are supported in their literacy by both school and home
  • have access to resources in their mother tongue

Hours of Operation


8:00 am - 4:30 pm

ES library is closed to parents from 11am-1pm.

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10 full-time staff to support reading & information literacy