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Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year at the ZIS Upper School.  Whether you are a returning student or new to the Upper School campus via the ZIS Middle School or from another location, the US library is a here for you.  Not only does the Upper School library offer over 13,000 titles from fiction, non-fiction, biographies, graphic novels, e-books, books in languages other than English, college prep, SAT/ACT guides and/or study materials but also an NHS (National Honor Society) help desk and a wide range of magazines and periodicals.  Along with the selection of reading material and academic assistance available, it is great place to spend your free block(s), catch up with work or meet with friends to play one of the many board games.  Parents of current students are also invited to visit the library, either in person or electronically, to find their own reading, viewing or listening material.

Extended Essay

At the core of the IB Diploma Program is the 4,000 word extended essay.  The following link will take you to the ZIS EE LibGuide. Use this guide to access IB documents and ZIS advice for completing your extended essay.  Good luck to all IB Diploma students and don't forget to come into your US Library for any further research needs.

Teen Reading Recommendations

Lucas Maxwell, a Librarian in the United Kingdom, keeps a white board next to his desk where students can write book recommendations to each other.  Follow the link above to see the fifteen books that teens recommend right now.  Many titles on the list are already available from the Upper School Library or have been recently ordered and will arrive soon.  Two of their selections are highlighted below.


SO Much to READ

There is SO Much to Read -

The written word envelopes our every day lives; from social media and messaging, to advertising/marketing and especially in school assignments.  Now more than ever, being 'word-wise' is just as important as being informed.  The Upper School library's catalog includes 13,000 books (including titles in languages other than English), DVD's, CD's, a large selection of magazines, newspapers, research and college prep materials.  With such a broad variety of reading material from which to choose, there is bound to be a title or a resource that could be informational, entertaining or both for you.  Come in, browse the shelves and find something to read.

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What Are You Reading?

Reading was an escape for me.  I was a shy child and preferred getting lost in books when I was younger. I still enjoy that escape now. - Esther de Vries. 

Last year the Upper School Library Services added a new feature to its web page and began interviewing US Faculty about the books that may have influenced them personally or professionally, what was on their high school reading list or what they have recently read to provide possible recommendations for students.     

Upper School Library volunteer, Kevin Ostroske, recently sat down with EAL/English Teacher Esther de Vries to discuss her multi-lingual reading journey.    

To read the complete interview click this link. 

Banned Books Week


Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23-29.  This year's theme, "Banning Books Silences Stories" is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.  Launched in 1982 in response to to a sudden surge in the number of challenged books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information (in 2017, 491 materials were challenged or censored).  This global event brings the entire book community together from librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas even those some consider unorthodox or popular.

In support of free and open access to information, the Upper School library has a display of banned and/or challenged books, as well as a brief expatiation of why they appear on the list.  Some of the titles are listed below.  

More videos regarding Banned Books are available at the link below.

Featured Books of the Week


This week's Featured Books are selected from the Upper School library's New Arrivals.  Titles and subjects vary from an Ojibway's journey through his heritage and his involvement in the game of ice hockey in Indian Horse, a pair of teenagers tasked with solving a murder that is decades old in The Arsonist and in All This is True, a pair of Long Island teens discover their darkest secrets published in a best selling YA novel.  Pick one (or more) of any of the book(s) on display outside the library or browse the shelves for other options.  Reading is constructive way take a break from your studies.    

This list below is only a small sample of what is available from the Upper School catalog.  It offers over 13,000 titles from fiction, non-fiction, biographies, graphic novels and e-books (many books are available in languages other than English).  There are also college prep, SAT/ACT guides and/or study materials to stay ahead of this year's workload or to assist you in selecting a college or university.     

Alumni Reading

ZIS US Library is excited to feature libraries and reading from around the world sent in from our distinguished ZIS Alumni. Enjoy.

Not surprisingly, USC has more than one library, Raghav Maheshwari '16 sent along a photo of his favourite.  Any USC grads remember this one?


The Upper School Library is an inviting learning space open to  the whole ZIS community. The growing collection of over 13,000 print books, magazines, ebooks, databases and DVDs offer quality information and entertainment.   The physical learning environment encourages individual and group studying, researching and reading.  Librarians are on hand to help with reader advisory, research skills and other information needs.


The ZIS Library Mission

  • To ensure learners grow as competent, ethical users and producers of ideas and information.
  • To prepare life-long learners who are effective communicators, critical researchers and problem solvers.
  • To collaborate and share with audiences beyond our school walls.
  • To model our school's mission and support learners in the pursuit of aesthetic growth and personal learning pathways.

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