Upper school information commons (USIC)

The Taipei American School Upper School Information Commons (USIC) is designed to provide a high-service facility to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

Link to the current USIC Stacks Portal for access to all resources and services. 
Link to the old Destiny Catalog page.

Monday-Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm

Ms. Cassy Lee: US Librarian
Ms. Jennifer Wile: K-12 Electronic Resources Librarian
Ms. Naning Huang: K-12 Elec. Resources & US Librarian Assistant
Ms. Penny Leu: Library Services Technician
Ms. Cheri Chen: Library Services Technician

Phone: (+886-2) 7750-9900, Circulation Desk: #241, Librarian: #364
Email: usic@tas.edu.tw or uslibrary@tas.edu.tw

The librarian helps students with research assignments and finding or using library resources. Make an appointment through LibCal or simply drop by the circulation desk to make an appointment.

Students use a variety of search options to access the print collection, all electronic databases, e-journals, e-books, and other resources. All resources can be authenticated and accessed from anywhere on and off-campus.


  • Library Cards:
    Students use their TAS ID numbers to check out books.
  • Lending Policy:
    Ten items at one time. The lending period is now extended to 30 days for all print books. Materials may be renewed unless requested by another patron.
  • Online Renewal & Tracking:
    Students may view their personal accounts online at any time through Destiny. Books (not overdue) may be renewed or reserved online in Destiny.
  • Overdue Notices:
    Overdue notices are sent each week via TAS email accounts. Please ensure that emails are not blocked and are accepted to the email inbox.
  • Overdue Fines:
    There are no fines on overdue materials. Please track and renew or return materials that have reached their due date.
  • Lost materials:
    If an item is lost the student campus card is charged for the cost of the item and a replacement fee.
  • Reference Books & Textbooks:
    Reference and library copies of textbooks are available for student use in the library.
  • Silent Reading Room & Study Rooms:
    Students may use these rooms at any time on a first-come basis. Please follow posted guidelines for silence.
  • Study Rooms:
    Available for faculty and some student use. Ask at the circulation desk.
  • K-12 Mandarin and LS/MS Libraries
    Upper school students may use the Chinese Library as their own. Upper school students are considered guests in the lower and middles school libraries; check out materials, but do not use either of those libraries as a gathering or study space.
  • Behavior and discipline:
    Expectations in this area are consistent with the academic classroom rules. Specific guidelines are included in the student handbook. Cell phones must be put away before entering and may not be used in the USIC.

Information literacy (IL)

The Upper School Information Commons (USIC) supports teaching and learning of information literacy (IL) skills and competencies. Information literacy is defined as the ability to access, evaluate, and use information efficiently, effectively, critically, creatively, and ethically for personal, social, or global purposes.

Philosophy for teaching and learning: developing an understanding of and facility with information is critical if students are to become independent, life-long learners in the current information-driven world. The key to successful teaching and learning of information literacy skills and competencies is through their total integration into relevant and meaningful curricular contexts, something best achieved through active collaboration between classroom teachers and librarians.