ISKR Library

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Welcome to the ISKR Library! The International School of Kigali-Rwanda Library provides a space for students to cultivate an appreciation for literature, while promoting research skills, inquiry based learning, and creativity through our library program. It is committed to supporting curriculum needs throughout the school by providing high-quality print and digital resources to students and teachers. The library personnel are also committed to enhancing the ISKR community with services and events that promote information literacy, including Book Week, an annual school-wide celebration of literacy.

Location and Hours of Operation

The ISKR library is located in the ISKR media center on the main campus of building B, below the secondary section. The Early Childhood also has a library located in their building. The library is open from 7:45-4:00 from Monday to Friday during regular school days. See the school calendar for details about school holidays.

Collection

Our library collection contains a growing number of resources for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary students. We have recently doubled our collection from approximately 4,000 printed materials to 8,000 printed materials. In the future, we hope to expand our selection of electronic and web-based resources and include a larger collection of foreign language materials.

Leaving Kigali soon? If you are interested in donating materials to the library, please contact us. We would love to integrate any gently used children’s or young adult books into our collection.

Borrowing Guidelines

Students may borrow materials for a period of two weeks. Students, staff, and parents must return overdue books before new books may be checked out.

Borrowing limits are as follows:

  • Early Childhood-Grade 5: 2 books
  • Grades 6-12: 4 books
  • Parents: 4 books
  • Teachers may check out an unlimited number of books for curriculum use, or 4 items for personal use.

Selection and Acceptable Use Policy

All print and digital resources are selected and reviewed for adherence to the International School of Kigali-Rwanda’s schoolwide mission, vision and objectives. Materials are also carefully selected for student reading level and emotional maturity level. Please see the school’s teacher-librarian if you have questions or concerns about materials found in the library.

Print and digital resources in the library are subject to the International School of Kigali- Rwanda’s Acceptable Use Policy for students and staff. This agreement is updated and signed at the beginning of each academic year.

Library Program

Early Childhood and Elementary students attend library lessons with the teacher-librarian once per week. Library or research sessions with secondary students are scheduled with teachers as needed.

The library program goals:

  • literacy and reading promotion
  • media and information literacy
  • inquiry-based learning
  • technology integration
  • appreciation of literature and culture.
    (IFLA School Library Guidelines (2nd revised edition, 2015).

Online Resources for Students

ISKR Follett Destiny Library Homepage – ISKR’s full library catalogue may be accessed anywhere in the world. Students may login and reserve books or view current checkouts.

Britannica School – Britannica School is a K-12 online encyclopedia that contains full-text articles, audio resources, videos, and thousands of images. This resource is accessible to ISKR students and teachers and requires a login.

Epic! Digital ebooks – Electronic book collection used in ISKR library classes. Requires a yearly subscription for home use.

Kigali Public Library – Electronic book collection hosted at the Kigali Public Library in Kacyiru. (Sign-in and library card required)

JSTOR – digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources useful for secondary students.

Additional resources for student research can be found on the Destiny Library Homepage.

For any additional inquiries about the library: library@iskr.org


Jennifer Feldhaus

Teacher-Librarian & Elementary Coordinator
jfeldhaus@iskr.org
Bachelor of Arts in History
Master of Science in Elementary Education
Postgraduate Professional License for grades Pre K–6; Virginia, USA
International Baccalaureate (IB) Teaching & Learning Certificate

 

 

 

Habarugira Samuel

Library & Media Assistant
shabarugira@iskr.org
Undergraduate in Computer Science from ULK (Kigali Independent University)