PRETORIA CAMPUS LIBRARY
The Pretoria campus library specifically serves the needs of elementary and middle school students and staff by providing high quality, reliable resources and offering instruction in their use. The library also maintains and promotes an extensive collection that supports exploration and growth in reading a variety of literature and genres for all students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. All members of the AISJ community are encouraged to use the Library’s resources - books, periodicals, audiobooks, DVD’s, and online sources. The AISJ libraries have adopted the American Association of School Librarians’ “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” as a framework for collaborating with teachers. These standards are designed so that learners can: “inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge; draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge; share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society; and pursue personal and aesthetic growth.” The goal of the Pretoria Campus Library at the American International School of Johannesburg is to ensure that students and faculty are effective, self-reliant, and critical users of ideas and information enabling them to be literate, life-long learners.
AISJ employs one professional librarian to maintain the collections, to assist the community in using the collection and resources, and to ensure the efficient running of the library.
The library is open during regular school hours (7:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and closes at 1:30 pm on Wednesday).
Most items circulate for two weeks and can be renewed once.
The Pretoria library collection includes more than 7,000 books as well as play-aways and DVDs. The online catalog, available >>here, a searchable database of all the holdings in the AISJ libraries on both campuses and are available to all members of the AISJ community. Future resources will include streaming media and a downloadable library of e-books and audiobooks.