The Library

Dar es Salaam International Academy’s library plays a central role in teaching and learning. Situated at the heart of the school, the library is a place where students can go to study and have a quiet place to read and reflect.

 

The DIA Library currently has over 15,000 titles of fiction and non-fiction readers, as well as various online resources that students can access both from school and home.

 

Online Resources

 

DIA subscribes to various online resources that students regularly access at school, but can also access at home to support them for homework, summative assessments, as well as follow up skills. These include, but are not limited to:

  • PYP
  • MYP
  • Encyclopedia Britannica (EB)
  • Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr
  • Tumble Books (PYP)
  • Grolier Online (MYP)

Lower PYP students (KG – Gr. 2) have one (1) scheduled library lessons within a week. This lesson is for students to officially check-in and checkout library books with their entire class. This is when they can pick up one book of their choice and one book that follows the DIA reading scheme and at the required level for the student. Students are highly encouraged to come to the library throughout the week and even during lunch and break times, if they require a new book.

 

Upper PYP students (Gr. 3 – 5) have two (2) scheduled library lessons within a week. The first lesson, similar to Lower PYP, is to check-in and checkout library books with their class. The second lesson is a “library research” class, which explicitly teaches students:

 

  • How to be responsible digital citizens
  • How to develop research skills in order to research online in an honest and productive way
  • How to reference correctly
  • How to use online resources

 

These research classes are directly linked with the topics they are covering within other subject areas, and allow students to learn about the importance of being academically honest.

MYP students are encouraged to utilize the library and checkout books regularly throughout the academic year. Many classes take place within the library or the adjacent computer lab, for students to be able to research as well as access the resources within the library.

 

All MYP classes have one official library workshop per term, which focuses on:

 

  • Academic Honesty
  • Plagiarism
  • Referencing
  • Research Skills
  • Writer’s Handbook

 

 

DIA has a strict Academic Honest Policy that MYP students must learn to follow diligently.

DIA parents/guardians/students can access via this link, they will be issued their unique login details from the librarian at the beginning of the academic year:

DIA parents/guardians/students will receive their login details from the librarian at the beginning of the academic year:

DIA parents/guardians/students will receive their login details from the librarian at the beginning of the academic year:

DIA parents/guardians/students will received their login details from the librarian at the beginning of the academic year: