Welcome to the Harare International School Library and Media Center.  If you love to read, you’ve come to the right place!  Currently we have over 25,000 books available for parents, teachers and students to check-out…over 400 of which were just purchased for the 2016-2017 school year!  Our collection includes numerous titles from various genres:  graphic novels, comic books, horror, historical fiction, realistic fiction, non-fiction, etc.  There are over 11,000 titles in our “Everyone” collection, 3000 titles in “Junior Fiction”, 4000 titles in “Adult Fiction” and 7200 titles in “Non-fiction”. The library also issues most class text and reading books and other resources such as grade-level appropriate DVD’s and videos. We also have an ever-growing number of books available in various languages which support our Mother-tongue programme and we are looking into branching out to develop an electronic library.

Our library and media center offers numerous seating and table areas for visitors to work independently or in groups.  We are setup for wireless access using either individual devices or the five Macs located in the resource section and there is a printer and scanner available for student use.  There is also a Mac Lab which is reserved mainly for classroom use. Right now our collections are housed primarily on the first floor, due to the Mac Lab being upstairs. Our students are taught to use the worldwide DEWEY system and shelf helpers to access library books, as well as the very specific online Destiny search option for older students. Secondary students are also taught correct citation and referencing that is grade-level appropriate and in line with our Academic Honesty Policy for any research they undertake. We warmly welcome book title suggestions for future orders from parents and students.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 4:30pm & Friday 7:30am – 3:15pm

Holiday Hours: Every Wednesday in June and July  – 9:00am -12:00pm

Library and media center materials may be checked out for a total of two weeks. After that time, they must either be renewed or returned.  Lost or damaged materials are expected to be paid for immediately, or there will be a temporary “freeze” placed on the account. There is a limit to the number of books/items allowed to be checked out by specific groups.

    1. Parents = 10 books
    2. Early Childhood & Kindergarten Students = 1 book
    3. Students in grades 1 – 2 = 2 books
    4. Students in grades 3 – 5 = 3 books
    5. Students in grades 6 – 12 = 6 books

Harare International School has one librarian/ media center specialist, Marguerite Impey, who is new to the position this year. There are also three fabulous rotating assistants, Tsitsi Dube, Martha Rukato and Diane Klement, who has been in the library and media center for many years. All are extremely knowledgeable and have a special knack of making the library and media center feel like “home” to the HIS community.  Should you need assistance or suggestions for some great reads, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    1. Marguerite Impey mimpey@his.ac.zw
    2. Martha Rukato mrukato@his.ac.zw
    3. Diane Klement  dklement@his.ac.zw
    4. Tsitsi Dube  tdube@his.ac.zw

If you are interested in seeing the resources that we have to offer, you’ve come to the right place!

Online resources for students, teachers and parents:

  • BrainPop, BrainPop Jr., BrainPop Espanol, and BrainPop ESL
  • Ebsco
  • Follett Destiny
  • Turn It In
  • Tumble Books

List of Periodicals on-site

  • National Geographic
  • New Scientist
  • Time magazine
  • The Economist
  • IB World

We have a wide array of Dictionaries, Atlases and Encyclopaedias for reference and a large selection of professional titles.