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Digital Resources: Links / Logins / Passwords

Need a login or password for a database or subscription service?

Click on the ZIS US Databases here or  in the Quick Links above.



eBooks: Overdrive & sSora


Whether you want to know if the right word for this season is autumn or fall, or when to use further or farther or familiarize yourself with the meanings of words like 'cattywampus' and the origins of 'gardyloo' - checkout at all.  Of course, the site is a great resource for looking up the meaning of specific words, but it also provides some fun and interesting facts about where/when words originated as well as word games, thesaurus, vocabulary builder and 'words of the day and week' lists (this week includes 'finsta' and 'culmination').  Have a browse and have some word fun.

Digital Magazines


FLIPSTER is an easy to use digital magazine newsstand that allows access to top periodicals via smart devises and tablets.  This resource is available in the the Upper School Library through the I-pads on the magazine rack.  For information on how to use Flpster on a portable device or tablet please ask the Librarian. 



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Our ZIS US Library

Welcome Back!!!

The Upper School Library is a well-used and flexible space for students and teachers to collaborate.  Small tables for independent study and larger areas for small groups allow for the space to serve a variety of purposes.  The main space can also be cleared for delivering lessons to small groups or whole classes.

Throughout the year, displays containing new books, books based on particular themes, and a mobile display wall are positioned outside the library to provide information about library themes and areas of interest and inquiry.  Two large screen televisions are also updated with content to share images of events and pieces of information that reinforce information literacy throughout the year.  Finally, the library home page LibGuide offers updated content throughout the month for new books and high interest topics.

The Upper School Library is an inviting learning space open to  the whole ZIS community.

The library has an ever-growing collection of over 13,000 print books,

Staff are on hand to help with reader advisory.

Self-Check Out Stations make for quick and easy service for our library patrons

Magazines, ebooks, databases and DVDs offer quality information and entertainment.

A wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction as well as titles in languages other than English. 

The physical learning environment encourages individual and group studying (with proper social distancing),

A place for researching and reading,

It is also an inviting area for table-top gaming.

The library is also a central location to meet with friends.

Librarian and volunteers are available to assist with research skills and other information needs.

Upper School Librarian Peter Jacobson with library volunteers Leigh Williams and Kevin Ostroske.

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New Arrivals

New Books 

The ZIS Upper School Library has been busy ordering, cataloging and shelving its new books since the beginning of the school year.  There are a variety of genres: from Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels to Reference and Resource materials.  A sample of the new books are below.  Come in and browse the shelves or use the digital catalog to find a new read.     

Stunning Child Literacy Stats

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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NHS Study Center in the Library

As the this year's academic workload starts to 'ramp-up', remember that the National Honors Society is here to assist.   

The NHS would like to remind you that the Study Center (in the library) continues to be open.
Do you need some help with an essay or a math problem?  Or, do you just have an urgent question that needs to be answered? Members of the ZIS NHS are more than happy to help, so please swing by the far table on the right in the library!
Tutoring in the Study Center is available every day at luncha and afternoon flex as well as after school Mondays from 1600 to 1700 and Wednesdays from 1450 to 1550.  On Tuedays and Thursdays tutoring locations change in order to be supported by ZIS faculty - Maths and Sciences will be held in room 220.  English, Social Studies, and Languages will be conducted in room 222.  Tutoring session on Tuesdays and Thursdays are held from 1600 to 1700.    
The ZIS chapter of the National Honors Society hopes to see you if you need any help!

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.

Libraries are Beautiful

Want to visit a beautiful library but are unable due to travel restrictions?  CNN Style has complied a list of the world's most beautiful libraries you can visit electronically.  From Holland to the Czech Republic, South Korea to China, Venice, Italy, Baltimore, US and Oxford, UK, these libraries not only hold the history of knowledge but are wonders of architecture and design.

Admont Abbey, Admont, Austrisa

Closer to home - The Abbey Library of St. Gallen, located on the Southwest edge of the Bodensee, is worth the visit.  This Baroque hall was built between 1758 and 1767 under the direction of Peter Thumb, an Austrian architect from Bregenzerwald. Changing exhibitions of the valuable manuscripts and unique documents stored in the library's archives leave a lasting impression of the spiritual and cultural life of St. Gallen's abbey.  Besides the volumes of historical books and exhibits, a unique aspect of this library is that visitors are provided slippers to ensure the original wood flooring remain protected.

. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Upper School Librarian Contact

Zurich International School
Steinarcherstrasse 140
8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
+41 (0) 58 750 2500