School Library

Fostering a love of reading and learning

One of the main tasks of Dalat International School Library is to foster a love of reading and learning. Our goal is to encourage and inspire students and adults to find joy in discovery and thus foster a love for knowledge that spurs our students on to become life-long learners. We also want to equip students with the technology and skills to prepare them for the future.

Library Information

The Dalat Library is open from 7:45 am until 5:00 pm on school days. It is also open from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday during most school holidays, but you may wish to call the school office in advance to be certain. The Library facility provides space for over 50,000 volumes as well as individual study, group collaboration, quiet reading, and access to technology and computer labs. Books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, audio CDs, and technology equipment are all available. The entire library collection is accessible for browsing online using our searchable catalog powered by Surpass Safari .

Click here to use the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)



Dalat has a small but growing collection of more than a hundred ebooks available to our patrons through the Follett Shelf ebook provider. To preview and check out Dalat’s eBooks, please email to request a guest login user name and password.

Click here to access Dalat’s Follett Shelf.


Britannica Online

Dalat Library offers the award-winning Britannica Online® to deliver fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. Britannica delivers thousands of up-to-date articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and three separate encyclopedias and recommends web sites that ensure high-quality, student-safe web information.

Click here to access Dalat Research.


EBSCO Databases

For high-quality scholarly research, Dalat provides the EBSCO collection of databases particularly for our high school students. These top-rated databases are among the same ones that our students will later utilize at the university level and offer hundreds of thousands of resources such as journal articles, research tools, newspapers from around the world, primary source documents, and ebooks. They include MAS Consumer Health Complete, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, Topic Search, Newspaper Source Plus, among others.

Click here to access the EBSCO databases.


Especially for our Younger Readers


ES & MS Battle of the Books

Each year the library hosts reading competitions called Battle of the Books (BOB) for ES students in grades 1-4 and MS students in grades 5-6. Students enjoy reading while working in teams to read a variety of great books over several weeks. Parents are invited to come cheer and see who wins. Of course, all our students are winners just by reading so many good books!

Battle of the Books Archive


2017 Theme:
“Battle of the Books” – View the Video

2016 Theme:
“Fun Fun Fun Reading” – View the Video

2015 Theme:
“Read It Your Way” – View the Video

2014 Theme:
“Love To Read” – View the Video


Most books circulate for a two week time period. Students are not charged overdue fines, however, they may not check out new materials if they have overdue books. Parents will be asked to pay the current replacement cost for books or other library materials that are lost or damaged beyond normal wear. Elementary students may check out the amount of library materials as shown below. Parents are encouraged to check out additional books/materials for their children in their own name:

Patron TypeNUMBER OF BOOKS (Borrowing Amount)
Grade 12
Grade 23
Grade 34
Grade 45
DIS Parents10
DLRC Family25