The NIST libraries are community hubs for NIST students, teachers and parents. They also support the NIST curriculum with a wealth of print and digital resources, many of which are available from home or elsewhere around the clock. The teacher-librarians meet regularly with homeroom and subject teachers to plan for the integration of research skills into the curriculum and to support student learning both in the classrooms and in the libraries.
Our libraries value and foster a love of literature through a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, both in print and digital, and in English and in the eight main additional languages taught at the school. Teacher-librarians promote literature through their work with classes and through special events throughout the year.
Students, staff and parents have access to over 25,000 print and digital books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines both in the libraries and via Destiny, the online catalogue. Both libraries are open on school days from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Thursday, and close at 3:30 PM on Fridays or on the day before a holiday. Additionally, The Mechai Learning Commons is open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Both libraries are open for limited hours during school breaks. The collection is accessible virtually at all times via Destiny, our online catalogue. Students, parents and teachers can access Destiny from anywhere using their NIST username and password. Ebooks are also available on FollettShelf using the same log-in. Apps are available for Destiny and FollettShelf on most mobile devices. Keep up to date on what’s happening in our library by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
- EY and Year 1 students: 4 books total
- Year 2 – 13 students: 10 books total
- Parents 10 books total
The Mechai Learning Commons
The traditional elementary library has been reimagined as The Mechai Learning Commons (MLC), which opened in a new exciting space at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. The MLC provides access to a collection of picture books, easy chapter books and junior fiction for reading pleasure, including mother tongue titles. It also holds an extensive collection of non-fiction books for inquirers from easy through to junior level. The MLC collection includes many digital resources such as PebbleGo, PowerKnowledge, InfoBits and Tumblebooks, all available through our online subscriptions using your NIST username and password. Search engines and news sources can be accessed also from the elementary tab.
The Secondary Library
The Secondary Library is a purpose-built facility that can be found on the main floor of the secondary building, next to the secondary office. This library houses a collection of junior, young adult and adult fiction, as well as non-fiction books, for students in Years 7-13 and adults. There are a wealth of magazines and newspapers at the Secondary Library that can be borrowed for leisure reading. We maintain a number of online subscriptions, including World Book and Britannica Encyclopedias, EBSCO, JSTOR, Project Muse, Access Science, Global NewsBank, ABC Clio, Country Reports, BrainPop, and Teen Health & Wellness. All databases are accessible using your NIST username and password.
Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday & the day before a holiday
7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.