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 14th May 2012.

The Library is open throughout and beyond the school day, from 8am to 9.30pm.

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:

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

Library classroom (back room): 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 image for further information on the Spalding Collection displayed in the Library)

Click on the links below to access these pages:


Book of the week


The backyard parables: lessons on gardening, and life
by Margaret Roach

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: Aperture, Artnews, the Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor Weekly (online as well), the Economist (online as well), NewScientist (online as well), Rugby World, Time magazine, Newsweek (online only),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 Daily Telegraph (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:

Electronic resources

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

Click on the icons below to access the databases.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am to 5pm

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

Friday: 8am to 5pm

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 only): 7.30 to 9.30pm

Library catalog

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

US Library news

Faculty and Staff Bookclub

We are now reading.......

  • The sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and
  • The Mandibles: a family by Lionel Shriver

The next bookclub will take place on 5th May 2017. Please email Kat Higgins for time and location.

New members are always welcome. If you would like to join the Bookclub, please email Kat Higgins at khiggins@tasisengland.org

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.

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)

Upper School Librarian

Ariana Ladjevardi

01932 582405


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