The Elementary Library is open weekdays from 08:05-15:30 and is staffed by Jan Jones and Patricia Kullnig.
The Elementary Library houses a large collection of fiction and non-fiction titles, magazines, and reference materials. In addition, there is a wide range of audio books and books with CDs. Videos and DVDs are for classroom-use only and are not available for check-out. The Elementary Library offers Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs), access to Grolier Online, and access to the Electric Library, an online database that contains reference books, magazines, newspapers, pictures, maps, and transcripts from TV and radio.
All Elementary School students have a regularly scheduled library time each cycle. They are also encouraged to visit the library during free time. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students may check out one item at a time; students in grades 1, 2, and 3 may check out two items at a time; and students in grades 4 and 5 may check out three items at a time. All student check-outs are for one cycle, but items may be renewed. Parents are invited to check out five items for a period of two weeks. Overdue notices are sent out weekly; we do not charge fines, but further materials may not be checked out if there are items outstanding.
Secondary Library Orientation Video
The Secondary Library is open weekdays from 08:00-16:00. It occasionally closes at 15:30 for meetings.
One can search for materials in the Secondary Library through MS-HS OPAC. In addition, the library subscribes to several online educational databases that give students access to books, magazines, journals, newspapers. and encyclopedias. These are available from school or home. The library regularly receives 33 periodicals in print, including 9 newspapers, and maintains back files. The book collection totals some 21,000 volumes. Photocopiers, printers, and scanners and are also housed here. Parents who have concerns about the appropriateness of specific library materials should see the librarian for a copy of the school's policy and procedure for materials review.
Students and family members may check out up to five items for the following loan periods:
Books and periodicals: four weeks
Reference books and current periodicals: overnight only – due by 08:30
Audiovisual materials are only available to faculty for class use
Students doing extended essays may check out materials for an extended period, so long as they are not required by another student or a teacher.A daily list of overdue items is posted on the library door, and a personalized email is sent to students weekly. The libraries do not charge fines. However, no further items will be checked out to a user until all overdue items are returned, renewed, or paid for. For lost items, the replacement cost, plus shipping is charged.
Library Use by Non-Affiliates
As a fee-paying private school, the American International School libraries exist for the benefit of AIS students, parents, and teachers who use the library free of charge and are not subject to overdue fines. Additionally, this service is extended to:
Other family members, registered substitute teachers, retired teachers, and alumni, upon payment of a refundable € 30 deposit and payment of fine of € .07 per day per item.
Non-AIS affiliated individuals may use our resources under the following conditions:
Payment of an annual membership fee of € 75 (non-refundable).
Photo identification, including proof of local address, must be produced in order to join the library, and a visitor's pass must be obtained from the receptionist for each visit.
Fine of € .07 per day per item will be charged for overdue materials.
The Secondary Library is open for non-AIS affiliated persons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 08:30 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 15:00. The Elementary Library is open on Wednesdays from 08:30 to 11:00 hours September to May. The libraries are closed during school holidays. There are no summer check-outs. The library telephone numbers are 40 132-220 (Secondary Library) and 40 132-260 (Elementary Library).
All materials are subject to immediate recall if needed by an AIS student or teacher.
Use of the Internet is not included. The normal library rules apply to all groups:
Up to five items may be checked out at any one time. Users who have overdues, or already have five items on loan, may not check out further materials.
Books may be checked out for four weeks in the Secondary Library and two weeks in the Elementary.
Reference books and current magazines may be checked out overnight only (after 14:30, and returned the following morning by 08:30).
Older magazines and pamphlets may be checked out for four weeks in the Secondary Library and one week in the Elementary.