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  Welcome to the Lyle Rigg Library 

About the Library

The Upper School Library was dedicated to Mr. Lyle Rigg, our longest serving Headmaster at TASIS England, on May 14, 2012.

The Library is open throughout and beyond the school day, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 (click on the image for further information on the Spalding Collection displayed in the Library)

Welcome to the TASIS England Upper School Library. We will be supporting you in your studies throughout your time at TASIS and aim to help you become effective users of information.

The US Library has a collection of over 13,000 books for academic  and recreational reading, as well as a range of US and UK magazines and newspapers. Most resources may be borrowed or are accessible online both at school and from home (you will need a username/password when connecting to the databases outside school).

We also provide you with all the resources you need for your homework (including access to computers, a color printer and scanner, as well as pens, paper, etc).

Come and see me if you need help. Ms. Ladjevardi 

Finding your way in the Library:

Click on a thumbnail below to view an enlarged section of the Library:


Main room: reference collection, class texbooks, magazines and newspapers, graphic novel collection (circulating), Faculty bookclub books (circulating), TASIS year books, and the G.K. Chesterton collection

Extension: non-fiction collection, Lakeside classics collection, past magazine copies

Fiction room (Library Classroom): fiction collection, professional library (cabinets 1 through 3), past Extended Essays, for International Baccalaureate (cabinet 2), SAT (cabinet 4) & AP textbooks (cabinet 5)

Click on the links below to access these pages:


Book of the week


In the company of women: inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs

by Grace Bonney

Now available in the US Library.
Magazines and Newspapers

A selection of printed American and UK magazines are available to all to read in the Reading Corner: Artnews, the Economist (print and online), Christian Science Monitor (print and online), NewScientist (print and online), Rugby WorldTime magazine (print and online) and Wired


Click on a magazine cover to discover this week's issue. Please contact the US Librarian for log-in details.

Daily copies of the Times (UK) and the International New York Times (US) are on display in the Reading Corner for everyone's reading enjoyment. A wider selection of UK and US newspapers, daily and weekly, is available in PAX faculty room for staff/ teachers.

For up-to-date current news, click on the links below:

Interesting articles
On reading:
Young adult fiction is loved because it speaks to us all -unlike adult stories (The Guardian, 19th September 2014)
15 signs to prove you're a book addict (The Guardian, 24th January 2015)
First ever YA Book Prize shortlist announced! (The Guardian, 4th December 2014)

Premier league footballers's favorite books - in pictures (The Guardian, 11th March 2015

Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time pulled from children's reading list (The Guardian, 12th August 2015)

Calais migrant camp gets makeshift library - and it needs more books (The Guardian, 24th August 2015)

Why fiction can help us understand the Syrian refugee crisis (The Guardian, 8th September 2015)


The world's biggest and most dangerous dump sites - interactive (The Guardian, 6th October 2014)

Terry Pratchett, Discworld series authors, dies aged 66 (The Guardian, 12th March 2015)


For or Against Kindles?
Argument against: Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing (The Takeaway, 18th September 2014) 
Argument for: Studies disagree on whether readers absorb less on kindles than on paper (Ink, bits and pixels, 21st August 2014)

Electronic resources

 Available to the TASIS Community. Contact the US Librarian for log-in details.

Click on the icons below to access the databases.

Current news

NewsMap: Provides daily news in color blocks to define the subject, shade of color to indicate how fresh news is, and size of the block to indicate how important the news is.

Pastpages: the news homepage archive: Provides the front pages of a large growing number of national and international newspapers.

Newseum: Provides the front pages of over 80 newspapers from around the world.

Alltop: Updates hourly with new information.

NewsNow: More of a British approach to information.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am to 5pm

Wednesday: 9.05am to 5pm (closed 11.30 - 12.30)

Friday: 8am to 3.30pm (closed 11.35 - 12.15)

Saturday and Sunday: upon request, speak to Boarding Team on duty (ONLY with adult supervision at all times)

Study Hall (Sunday to Thursday, for Boarders): 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Library catalog

To access the Library Catalog, click on the tree below:

Summer Reading 2018-2019

All Upper School students are required to fulfil a summer reading requirement prior to the commencement of the academic year. These texts will be addressed in class, and students are assessed on them in the opening weeks of the school year. The texts provide a focus at the beginning of the year and address many of the themes that will become central to their respective courses. The books are readily available at most major bookstores, online and can be borrowed from the US Library. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions regarding the summer reading.

To access the complete summer reading list, click HERE.

To access the summer reading guiding questions, click HERE.

Hard copies of both documents are also available from the US Library.

Happy Reading!

US Library news

Available now from the Library!

A copy of The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges (41st edition) is now available for browsing in the US Library.

NoodleTools can now be accessed by:

clicking the G Suite NoodleTools button under the Google "waffle" menu, OR 

clicking on the above icon and entering your Google email on the login screen.

You will need to create an account the first time you access the resources. All Upper School students and teachers are welcome to access this resource.

Please see the Librarian if you experience any problems.

Database Trial!

What do you think of InfoBase?

The trial is open to all US students and teachers from today until 13th April 2018. If you are interested, please see or email the Librarian for a complete list of databases to trial, the access URL and logins. Please email your views, thank you!

Faculty and Staff Bookclub

We are now reading.......

  • A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

The next bookclub will take place on Wednesday 13th June 2018. 

New members are always welcome.

If you would like to join the Bookclub, know the time and place for the next meeting, or for any other enquires, please email Uta Reinikainen at

Upper School Librarian

Ms Ladjevardi

01932 582405

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