The library is centrally located in the middle of the first floor in room 112. Primary and Secondary School materials are both housed here in a 104 square meter facility. The library has over 11,000 items. The majority are in English, about 700 in German, and 300 in 25 other Mother Tongue languages.
Primary and Secondary non-fiction materials are shelved in separate sections according to their Dewey Decimal Classification. An average of 1500 items circulate monthly. The loan period is for three-weeks. A small reference section includes several sets of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference materials, many of which may be loaned out.
There are 4 computers in the library with access, via the school network, to Internet and Office software.
The Library subscribes to several English language magazines and newspapers: The Guardian Weekly, National Geographic, Time Europe, and First News. Periodicals in German include the major news magazine, Der Spiegel, and its young people’s edition, Dein Spiegel. Geared especially to the German student learning English are the bi-lingual National Geographic Kids and Spotlight magazines.
The Library is open from 8:30 to 17:00 on school days.
Primary students have a scheduled weekly session in the library, which includes a story reading, with time to browse and read. They may also come to the library during morning break time. Secondary students may visit during break, lunch and after school to read, study or borrow books.
The Library supports the curriculum at all levels by providing fiction, poetry, traditional stories, and informational books on a wide variety of topics of interest.
LIS subscribes to Britannica School online encyclopedia. Three databases are available providing age-appropriate content for ages 5 to adult. Suitable for all devices, articles have a built-in dictionary and offer translation and read-aloud functions. In addition, Britannica School provides indexing and full-text access to magazine articles going back 5 years. Also available are images, maps, web-links, primary source documents, e-books, and multi-media.
The LIS librarian since 2008, Deborah Curtis holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and has nearly 20 years experience working in public libraries in the USA.