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The HIS library is your gateway to a wide range of print and online resources. This collection of resources and information is accessible to the entire HIS community for reference and borrowing. We provide both physical and digital access to material. Our community computer lab  provides access to a world class collection of high-quality and trusted online and print resources. For questions, please visit or email us at library@his-china.org.
You can access our resources in a variety of ways: Navigate to our website and use Quick Links to go to our Destiny portal. Go to http://destiny.his-china.info and click on our school link. Use our community computer lab and receive on-site support from our library staff. Once in our Destiny portal, you will have access to a list of trusted sites as well as a catalog of physical resources housed in our library and media center. These sites include academic databases, curriculum support, audiobook collections, safe search engines, current events, and research support, among others.




Community Computer Lab

The Community Computer Lab in the Library is primarily used for workshops regarding the acquisition of research, thinking, self-management, collaboration, and communiction skills to enhance information literacy through the effective use of library and Internet resources. Our academic and administrative staff, as well as community members, may reserve the Lab through our room booking system The Lab is also open to other users on a first come, first served basis when it is not in use for instruction.

Library News

Library News 


We officially donated 800 Chinese and English books to the Hangzhou Children’s Public Library today. Thankfully, we had many volunteers through a student-led club, Global Issues Network (GIN), to help clean and sort the donated books. Over the past year, the HIS Community Library held two book drives that collected new and gently used children’s books. Through the efforts of GIN Club, homeroom Lower School teachers, and Grade 6 advisory students, it was a monumental success. The Hangzhou Children’s Public Library picked up the books this afternoon with the help of our Grade 7 students. Thank you to the community for your support in guiding and encouraging service learning throughout our students and bringing a significant new collection of English and Chinese books to the children of Hangzhou. 

The HIS Community Library continually collects books in all languages to expand our Mother Tongue titles. Currently, we offer resources in English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Italian and Thai. If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the HIS Community Library.


Idiom of the week: Taste of your own medicine. This means to take what someone says not too seriously. 

Come down to the library and write a sentence including the phrase for a chance to win a prize from the HIS Café and win a point for your dragon house.

What is an idiom? An idiom is an expression not defined by the individual words in the phrase.

Featured book of the week: 

The Rule of Thre3

One shocking afternoon computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and the only vehicles that function are a few ancient, computer-free cars like Adam’s. Welcome to the all-too-possible nightmare world of “The Rule of Three” a breakout adventure story from acclaimed author Eric Walters.

Reading level Fluent: Grades 6-12

Walters, E., “The Rule of Three.” Scholastic Inc. New York, USA, 2015.


Because of Winn-Dixie

Millions of people around the world are devoted to the novels of Kate DiCamillo and it all began with “Because of Winn-Dixie.” This unforgettable novel is about a lonely girl whose life is transformed by her friendship with a scruffy dog. 

Reading level Emergent: Grade 3-8

DiCamillo K., “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Candlewick Press. Massachusetts, USA, 2004. 


Our Team

Matthew Baxter

Titles: Archives, Research and
Media Specialist, Project Coordinator

Email: HISlibrary@his-china.org

Amy Xu

Title: Library Assistant

Email: HISlibrary@his-china.org