UNIS libraries promote learning within and beyond the library walls.
In an age of easy access to an overwhelming amount of data, the library emphasizes the ability to find, evaluate and use accurate information effectively. Numerous studies have demonstrated that students who can identify information needs, access and evaluate information and integrate that information into their studies are higher achievers and are better prepared for college and beyond. Our libraries strive to empower students with the tools and skills to become lifelong learners and achievers and ultimately, socially responsible contributors to the world.
At the same time, we seek to develop, enhance and nurture high level literacy and reading skills. UNIS libraries are proud to challenge students to expand their horizon as readers. We encourage enthusiasm for books and reading from the emergent reader to the accomplished one.
The library has an articulated K-12 curriculum which underscores these two skills and which ties in with the general curriculum. Library faculty work collaboratively with grade teachers to integrate grade appropriate library skills with the subjects taught.
The Junior School libraries introduce children to the world of books and information. Students come to library classes on a fixed schedule. Additional library visits are also scheduled by individual teachers for class specific projects. Junior school library curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, literature appreciation and library and research skills. Reading aloud and book discussions are done on a regular basis.
The middle school libraries continue the mission of expanding students’ intellectual and reading development with their larger and more complex collections and appropriate instruction and reading guidance. Students come to the library at fixed and regularly scheduled times with their English classes and also for research and research instruction with subject teachers. They may also come independently before school, during breaks, lunch periods and after school. In the middle school libraries, the focus is on advancing the development of students' skills in critical thinking, literature appreciation and research skills with the recognition of the special needs of middle school age children.
The Tutorial House library reinforces the library, information retrieval and literacy skills developed thus far. Instruction is provided through a formal course in Tutorial One and through research sessions coordinated with other subject classes throughout the four years. The Library supports club activities, such as UNIS-UN and the Debate Club to ensure that library resources are effectively used in these pursuits.