Zug Campus Library

Welcome to the Library

The Zug Campus Library has an amazing collection of over 48,000 fiction and non-fiction books including literature in over 20 different languages. In addition, we have magazines, travel guides, parenting books, professional books, audiobooks and e-books providing something of interest for everyone.

Library staff are available during open hours to assist students, teachers and families using the library. We are happy to help in the selection of materials, provide training in using our online catalogue “Destiny” as well as checking your materials in and out.

Events

Promoting reading and a love of literature is a passion in the library so we organize a variety of different literary events each year. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Visiting Authors: connecting authors and students is a wonderful way to promote reading for each division of the campus.
  • Middle School Battle of the Books: a reading competition between the local international schools.
  • Primary Book Fortnight: two weeks of literary fun including book quizzes, special story times and a variety of book promotions.
  • Summer Reading Challenge: encouraging all in the ISZL community to participate and read over the summer.
  • Book Fairs: we host online and physical book fairs throughout the year.
  • SGIS Golden Cowbell Award: participation and promotion of this Swiss Group of International School book award scheme.

Library Spaces

The Library is housed on the second floor of the Wettingerhaus and has four main areas:

  • Junior Library
  • Senior Library
  • Library Classroom
  • Library Patio

Use During Breaks and After School

We are pleased that the Library is used for a variety of functions after school and at lunch break including reading, research, creating in the makerspace and homework.

Students in Grades 4 - 8 may use the Library independently, while children in all other grades must come with a parent to enjoy the space after-school.

The Library is open to students in Grades 2- 8 during lunch break.

Volunteering

The Library is looking for volunteers to support it in a variety of ways. Volunteers can sign up for weekly slots at the circulation desk, assisting students, staff and parents or they could sign up to support special library events. All help is appreciated. Volunteers are a vital part of the success the library has in supporting students and the community.

Sign up to volunteer online

All faculty/staff members and volunteers working with children are subject to meeting our Child Protection requirements. Complete details about volunteering can be found on our Parent Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the opening hours of the library?

The library is open every school day from 8:30-4:30. On early release days, the library closes when classes end.

Do you have books in languages other than English?

Yes! We have a large collection of books in over 20 different languages. Come check it out.

How often does my child come to the library?

Students in the Early Years and Primary School are brought regularly to the library by their class teacher to browse and borrow from the collection.

Students in the middle school have access to not just the library but three well stocked and maintained book mobiles in the Middle School building, before school and during break times. MS students also regularly have reading time as part of their language and literature classes and as such may come as classes during these times to browse the collection.

Can parents check out books for their personal reading?

Yes! We encourage all families to create a family library account. The Library has a variety of resources for families apart from the extensive fiction and non-fiction collection:

  • magazines
  • travel guides
  • parenting books
  • book and DVD exchange
  • professional books
  • subscriptions to online databases

Parents may borrow additional books for their children on their family account or books and materials to enjoy themselves. We also have a cabinet in the corridor for parents to freely exchange novels and family DVDs.


Resources

Online Catalogue

Digital Resources

There are numerous digital and online resources available to help with reading and research. We have subscriptions to online encyclopedias, e-books, multimedia, language learning websites, online magazines and more!

Reading Ideas

News from the Library

The Battle of the Books
By Elizabeth Meeks, Zug Campus Library Teacher & Team Leader

The Battle of the Books is a reading competition held annually between ISZL and local international schools that has been going strong for 15 years. Eight titles are selected for students to read and they compete in teams to remember all the facts and details from each book. This year’s ISZL team tied for first place in an exciting competition – click the title to read more.

Book Fortnight: December 2017
Elizabeth Meeks, Library Team Leader Zug Campus

Book Fortnight is two fantastic weeks in the Primary School celebrating literature and promoting a love of reading. This year we had many special and exciting events happening in the library and around campus...

GOING BEYOND THE BOOKSHELVES
Elizabeth Meeks, Sue Glausen & Eva Kandelaars, ISZL Librarians

As you can imagine, countless studies show how school library programmes staffed by qualified librarians have a positive impact on academic achievement..

New Bookmobiles
Ann Northfield, Grade 8 English Teacher

Reading in the Middle School has taken a new direction this year with the creation of a central bookmobile space. Three bookmobiles full of books, old and new are there for student enjoyment.