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



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.

NHS Study Center in the Library

As the the new year gains momentum and the academic workload starts 'ramp-up' remember that the Upper School Library is here to assist.   

NHS would like to inform you that as of August 26th, the Study Center (in the library) has opened.
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!
All NHS members' profiles will be hung up outside the library very soon, so if you would like to contact someone specific for a subject, you can let them know.
The ZIS chapter of the National Honors Society hopes to see you in the Study Center if you need any help!


Libraries v. Movies



The results are in... Americans went to the library more often than the movies in 2019.  A new Gallup poll suggests that even in the digital age, libraries remain an important fixture in communities across the country.  

"The debate over whether public libraries are on their way to becoming obsolete has heated up in recent years. Can these institutions survive, some have wondered, when such a wealth of information is easily accessible online? But in the United States, at least, libraries remain very much in use. Per a new Gallup poll, visiting the library was “by far” the most common cultural activity among Americans in 2019."

Read the complete article from Smithsonian Magazine. com below


Digital Magazines

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 offers something for everyone.  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.

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. 



New York Times Access

Our ZIS US Library

Summer Reading

2020 - 2021 

English Literature

AP Literature and Composition Exam Date:  Wednesday, 5 May, 2021 

Theme:  Mobility and Home

Top Student Patrons of 2019





Frauenlob, Lucas 



Meier, Elena 



Vazzoler, Sarah 



Bilke, Madeleine 



Nwose, Ruby 



Meijer, Pablo 



Reza, Lucy 



Schumer, Rebecca 



Isherwood, Elena



Mohamed, Lina



If there is one book upper school students should read, it would be:

"This is really difficult. I would say The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, or Old Yeller by Fred Gipson or a newer novel which is The Overstory by Richard Powers." Elena Meier (Grade 12) has always enjoyed reading. "During school holidays is when I read most of my books, but I have developed a habit of reading at least 15 pages before going to sleep every night. My biggest challenge is that I want to read so many books, yet I do not have enough time to read them all at once."


How have you succeeded (or not) in developing a regular reading habit?

"I read for half an hour everyday." Lina Mohamed (Grade 9) recommends Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give for all students in the upper school to read.

Top Reads 2019

eBooks, OverDrive, and Sora

OverDrive is a digital library offering both ebooks and audiobooks for the Web community, anytime, anywhere! Sora is the new user-friendly app that lets you access it through your laptop, phone or tablet.
The Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.

Inspired by educator and student feedback, Sora was created to excite kids about reading and remove distractions to promote a focus on learning.

  • Easy to use, one tap to get inside a book
  • The largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks…made even larger by access to your public library through Sora
  • Teachers can assign titles and track individual student reading progress
  • Exportable notes, highlights for collaborative learning
  • Personalized with book recommendations and learning tools like dyslexic font, enlarged text, Read-Alongs and audiobooks
  • Badges and achievements to engage students
  • Same experience on all devices

Scan the QR code to get started reading today!

Apple Store                                     Google Play Store

Getting started with Sora

Step 1

Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Step 2

In Sora, find your school (Zurich International School, then choose Upper School (Students and Faculty), and finally sign in (Same login you use as your Computer Login)

Step 3

Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

Step 4

Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Click or tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Click or tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.

If you need more help with Sora, please visit Sora Help.


Alumni Reading

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

In the heart of London at Goldsmiths University our recent grad, Thandiwe Van Wesenbeeck ('18) can be found burning the library's midnight oil.

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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.

ZIS Upper School Summer Reading

Zentralbibliotek Zurich

Featured Online Resource

Sweet Search is a search index created by 50+ librarians, educators and researchers who collectively invested over 100,000 hours in finding the best resource.  It helps users find information, faster, enabling them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier to find primary sources excluding not only obvious spam sites, but also marginal sites that read well, but lack academic or journalistic rigor, also the very best Web sites that are often buried on other search engines appear on the first page of SweetSearch results.  Sweetsearch constantly evaluates their search results and "fine-tune" them. In the summer of 2017, they reviewed every link in the index, and scoured the entire web for new, worthy websites to add.

Google Scholar is another search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature allowing searches across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.

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Upper School Librarian Contact

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