All students, faculty and staff can connect to the Destiny Library catalog on and off campus. From the homepage you can access the Library catalog as well as access TASIS online databases and suggested websites. It is recommended to log into Destiny to take full advantage of all the options the catalog has to offer. Please see the Librarian if you forgot your username/ password or experience any problem when searching Destiny.
The Library is based on **trust** and it is important any book students and faculty would want to borrow is checked out correctly. Please do no walk out of the Library with unchecked material. During the Librarian's out of hours, please use the clipboard located near the entrance. Directions on how to manually check material out of the Library can be found on the reverse of the clipboard.
Tips when using Destiny catalog:
After you conduct your search using the basic search (opening screen), note the browse link, which once clicked on will present you with an alphabetical list of topic broken into subtopics. You might find it useful to browse through the list. Clicking on any subtopic will direct you to a further choice of books.
Using keyword search will probably help you find more books than a subject search, however you might also be presented with a higher number of false hits. The power tab enables you to combine several searches and use the Boolean operators (and, not, or).
Sorting order: to quickly visualise which books are relevant to your search, select call number as the sorting order. Please use a locator slip (available near the library computer catalog or ask the Librarian) when looking for books in the stacks.
Navigation: use the links on the green bar at the top of each screen to return to a previous screen. Avoid using the back button as it might create error messages, especially if you are logged in.
All Upper School students are required to fulfil a summer reading requirement prior to the commencement of the academic year. These texts will be addressed in class, and students are assessed on them in the opening weeks of the school year. The texts provide a focus at the beginning of the year and address many of the themes that will become central to their respective courses. The books are readily available at most major bookstores, online and can be borrowed from the US Library. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions regarding the summer reading.
To access the complete summer reading list, click HERE.
To access the summer reading guiding questions, click HERE.
Hard copies of both documents are also available from the US Library.
Displayed across the Library are various unique book collections. Please browse through the collections, select a book, find a comfortable seat and enjoy a moment of reading.
- G.K. Chesterton Collection (Main Room)
Following on from Dr. Michael Aeschliman's lecture on G.K. Chesterton Monday 8th December 2014, Dr Aeschliman has kindly donated some 70 books and journals and two portraits of G.K. Chesterton from his personal collection by or about Chesterton to the US Library. These books are now available to borrow from the Main Room. Click HERE to view a complete list of books by and about G.K. Chesterton available to borrow from the Library.
Click HERE to access the new G.K. Chesterton Library website. To receive regular updates, you are recommended to sign up to the Chesterton newsletter. For more information, select the Mailing List tab from the website.
- Lakeside classic Collection (Extension)
The Lakeside classic press collection was started in 1903 by Thomas E. Donnelley, then president of RR Donnelley & Sons Company and son of the founder. Thomas E. Donnelley believed that a simple book, dignified and well designed, would be an appropriate holiday gift. In the introduction to the first Lakeside Press classics, he wrote, "If, in a modest way this volume conveys the idea that machine-made books are not a crime against art, and that books may be plain but good, and good though not costly, its mission has been accomplished". The basic format of the Lakeside Press classics has remained the same for more than 100 years, testifying to the sound design of the first volume. Click HERE to view a list of all the Lakeside classics available to borrow from the Library.
- Local studies Collection (Main Room)
- Travel accounts Collection (Travel Trunk located in the Main Room)
- Past Extended Essays (Library Classroom)
A selection of past Extended Essays can be found in cabinet 2 in the Library classroom. These materials are reference only. Please do not remove the essays and retain the chronological/ subject order in each file. You are welcome to photocopy any of these papers using the machine located in the Extension. Thank you.
For instructions on how to access the e-book collection, click HERE
Effective from August 2016, Overdrive, our paid eBook service provider, has now been terminated. Thank you for using this service.
Please visit our Follett ebook collection, accessible from the Destiny catalog. You will need your LMS username/password to access this service.
WebPath Express is a targeted search engine, providing access to websites that have been vetted for appropriateness and assigned comprehension ratings by grade level. It is a safe, effective tool for students searching for online information.
WebPath Express enables the user to search over 85,000 trustworthy and educational websites directly from the Library catalog, while filtering out questionable and irrelevant content. WebPath Express offers peace-of-mind: students and faculty can browse the web safely and effectively.
To access the database, click HERE
For instructions on how to search WebPath Express, click HERE
- Newly acquired books 2017 (updated each month)
- Newly acquired books 2016 (updated each month)
- IB literature
- IB travel writing
- World War I novels
- New book arrivals 2015
- Overdrive eBooks (the Library no longer subscribes to Overdrive platform)
- 8th March 2017 is International Women's Day - For reading suggestions, click here and here.
Search the Library collection through our online catalog. To begin your search, click on the tree below, then select the Upper School Library link.
To access your personal account from Destiny (using your LMS username/ password), click on the login button at the top-right corner of the catalog homepage.
Once you have logged in, you can:
- Check the status of the books you have borrowed,
- Renew your books (as long as they are not overdue),
- See your borrowing history,
- Write book reviews.
For instructions on how to log into Destiny, click HERE
For instructions on how to search Destiny, click HERE
Download the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme HERE (hard copies available from the Library)
If you would like to suggest that an item be purchased for the Library or if you would like more books on a particular subject area, please fill in either section A or B of the Stock Suggestion Form. Please note that completion of this form does not guarantee a work will be purchased and does not constitute a reservation. Hard copies are also available from the Library. Please return your completed form to the US Librarian.
Royal Holloway University Library (RHUL) information:
- RHUL opening hours
- University campus map
- RHUL (Bedford) map Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
- RHUL (Founder's) map Ground Floor East Ground Floor West & Basement 1st Floor East & West
- RHUL catalog
By becoming a member (it is free to join) of the Surrey Libraries you will also gain access to a number of educational databases such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and many more.
Surrey County Council library information:
- Find your local library and opening hours
- How to join a Surrey County Council library near you
- Surrey County Council library catalog
The British Library document supply services is available to all, for a small fee. See the BL webpage for further information.
Provided you have a valid US postal address, you are welcome to use the Library of Congress inter-library loan services.