Library Information

The Stamford library supports the school's curriculum.  Our goal is to help members of the learning community:

  • Become effective, ethical and discriminating users of the vast amount of information available
  • Foster a love of reading
  • Use libraries for lifelong learning
The librarian also works with the teachers to help students develop a love of literature and to ensure that students learn the necessary research skills to be successful in school.

Library hours: The library is open daily from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm.

Library Classes: Students in the elementary visit the library with their class weekly.  During that time a variety of activities will take place, from traditional story time to breaking down and using the inquiry/research model. 

Check out periods:

PreK and KG1: 1 book for 1 week
KG2 and Grade 1: 2 books for 1 week
Grade 2: 3 books for 2 weeks
Grade 3: 4 books for 2 weeks
Grade 4: 5 books for 3 weeks
Grade 5: 6 books for 3 weeks
Middle and High School: 10 books for 4 weeks

Renewal: If a student is still reading a book when they need to return it, they may renew it by bringing the book to the library to check out again and for as many times as needed.

Care of books: Please help your child select a safe, dry place to keep their library books at home. It’s a good idea to put them in the same place, away from areas where food & drink, pets, and toddlers could cause damage, and where they can be located quickly. Some choose to keep their books in their backpack in a high and secure place. Keeping the book in a plastic bag inside the backpack is a good idea during wet weather.

Overdue books: Notices will be e-mailed for books that are past due by more than one library class visit. (For example, if Johnny just forgot today was library day and his books are due now, he would not receive a notice. However, if his books were due the last time he came to the library, he would receive a notice.)

Damaged books: Sometimes accidents happen. If a book is damaged, please be responsible and return what is left to me. I will determine if it needs to be replaced, or if it can be repaired, and assess the appropriate fines. (Fines will not be assessed for the kinds of damage due to normal wear and tear.) 

Research Sites

In addition to over 10,000 books, periodicals and professional titles, the library also provide Stamford students and parents with access to the following online research sites:
Students look up and reserve books, check their own borrowing record, create personal reading lists, find recommended reading lists and use WebPath Express, a search engine which finds teacher and librarian-recommended web sites.
This encyclopedia allows students to search by division level (ES, MS, HS) for appropriate reference articles, journals and magazines, multimedia, and curriculum content.
The encyclopedia also allows students to search by division level for appropriate reference articles.  It is particularly useful since it translate the articles into many different languages. It includes articles, video clips, and recommended websites.  We also subscribe to several specialty sites within World Book, including Living Green, Early Peoples, Inventions and Discoveries, Dramatic Learning, and Early World of Learning.
This database contains more than two million images from over 50 of the best collections in the world.  All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use - which makes it ideal for student projects!
Brainpop and Brainpop Jr. create animated, curricular content that engages students and bolsters achievement.
Digital Subscriptions for teachers include
Access to books and magazines extends beyond the walls of SAIS.  Singapore Public Libraries ( has a great eResource service – one that you can have access to without even joining the library.  All you need is your FIN or NRIC number to sign up.  Go to their website (see above), click on eResource, and register.  Once in, you (and your child) will have access to over 10,000 popular ebooks, a number of online encyclopedias, as well as a number of emagazines and enewspapers.  Access to all of this without even leaving your home.
Subpages (1): Library search videos