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, audiobooks and magazines both in the libraries, via Destiny Discover and Sora by Overdrive.
The collection is accessible virtually at all times via Destiny Discover, our online catalogue. Students, parents and teachers can access Destiny Discover from anywhere using their NIST username and password.
Ebooks and eAudiobooks are available through two platforms: FolletShelf and Sora by Overdrive.
FollettShelf is accessed using the Destiny Discover log-in and the Destiny Discover App on most mobile devices. Sora by Overdrive is accessed using the Destiny Discover log-in and the Sora app or website.
- EY and Year 1 students: 2 books total
- Year 2 and Year 3 students: 4 books total
- Year 4 and Year 5 students: 6 books total
- Year 6 students: 8 books total
- Year 7 to Year 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 including PebbleGo, PowerKnowledge and Tumblebooks, news and magazines, which are accessible through Veracross.
The Secondary Library
The Secondary Library 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 in the Secondary Library that can be borrowed for leisure reading. We maintain a number of online subscriptions, including Britannica Encyclopedia, EBSCO, JSTOR, and BrainPop. All databases, digital news and magazines are accessible through Veracross.