ISD - The International School of Dakar

Library Elementary School


Monday through Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Check the whole school calendar for Saturday hours


All pre-kindergarten through grade 5 students are scheduled for library visits once in a six-day rotation. "The purpose of a school library is to provide a wide range of books and multimedia resources to support teaching and learning throughout the key stages, and foster a reading and information culture that promotes independent motivated readers and learners for life." (School Library Association.) 


Our collection includes books in English, French, and Spanish. Magazines/periodicals in English and French are available for all ages. Kindles with a set collection of books are available for students in grades 2-5 with parental permission. The elementary library collection is divided into the following sections for easy access:
J F Junior fiction for grades 3-8
CB Chapter books for grades 1 & 2
ER Easy readers for emerging readers
E Picture books for all ages
G Graphic novels and graphic non-fiction
E Non-fiction informational books
BB board books for infants and toddlers
FR French books
SP Spanish books

Books, magazines, DVDs, and Kindles are checked out for a period of two weeks and may be renewed. Students are asked to return or renew their books on the day their library class meets.


A flat fee replacement charge will be made for lost or damaged books. All patrons (students, parents and teachers) are responsible for the materials checked out in their name. Students with lost or overdue materials will receive their report cards when all materials are returned or replacement charges are paid. Overdue notices are sent on a regular basis as a courtesy reminder.


Our goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment that encourages reading, learning and thinking. Students are asked to act responsibly in the library and to use library materials respectfully. No student may infringe upon the rights of others. Kindly leave food and drink outside the library door (closed water bottles are allowed).


Library computers are available for accessing the online library catalog, databases, word processing programs, email, and for Internet research. Recreational use of computers, such as playing online games and streaming are permitted before and after the school hours of 8:30 am - 3:20 pm. See Technology User Rules, section 5.27.1 of International School of Dakar Parent-Student Handbook found on the main ISD web page


Parents are warmly welcomed to the ISD Library! We are pleased to provide seating near the library entrance. We own a growing collection of books on parenting topics, and magazines of interest to parents. We have a collection of board books for those families with toddlers. The library collection includes adult-level fiction and non-fiction. Parents are invited to the library for reading, browsing, and borrowing.

If parents need space for meetings or other work, please inquire at the circulation desk.

Library Staff:

Stephanie Creamer

Jacqueline Dieye Library Assistant

Marciale Hounton

Library Assistant

Stephanie Creamer, Librarian

T: +221 33 825 0871, ext. 108 or 221 33 860 2332, ext. 108

ISD Library Policies

Our Catalog

Research Databases

Provides animated educational video. homework help, leveled quizzes, games and activities for students
Contact Library staff for password

BrainPop ESL
Brainpop for English language learners.
Contact Library staff for password.

BrainPop Espanol
Brainpop for students studying Spanish.
Contact Library staff for password.

BrainPop Francais (free site/acces gratuit)
Brainpop for students studying French

Concise, up-to-date reports on 200 plus countries, all U.S. states, and all Canadian provinces and territories with perspectives on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Bibliography/citation generator. MLA style

EBSCO Middle Search
Designed specifically with middle school students, this resource provides full text for dozens of popular,middle-school appropriate magazines, covering a wide array of topics. Also useful for upper elementary students.
Contact the library staff for user name and password

Encyclopedia Britannica 
Online encyclopedia with three interfaces: elementary, middle, and high. Includes magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.
Contact library staff for password.

Language learning site for French, Spanish, English, Italian and German.
Contact the library staff for user name and password

Emergent reader research solution for students in grades K-3. Included spoken word audio, text highlighting, and audio/video media.
 Contact library staff for user name and password

SIRS Discover
For elementary and middle school - covering current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. The collection includes 9,000 web links, and reference materials such as the Compton’s Encyclopedia and DK Eyewitness books.

Universalis junior
Apporte un regard neuf sur une large gamme de sujets comme l'histoire, la géographie, les sciences et la technologie. Images et médias sélectionnés avec soin en facilitent la compréhension.

WebPath Express 
Integrates over 85,000 educator-reviewed, relevant web sites into the ISD Library online catalog. 
Contact the library staff for user name and password

Online Books

Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary

    Online collection of animated, talking picture books in English, French, and Spanish.
    Contact library staff for user name and password.

Free Encyclopedias, Dictionaries,
Almanacs and Atlases

Fact Monster
Merriam-Webster Online

Free News Links

Time for Kids
World Atlas
Guinness Book of World Records

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