The Catalog

Access all print and digital resources through the USIC Destiny Catalog or log in to Destiny to access personal library accounts: see your checkouts; renew books; place holds, etc.

Upper school information commons (USIC)

The mission of the TAS Upper School Information Commons (USIC) is to provide a high service facility to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-6:00pm "Library Stretch"
Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm
Scheduled Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm (Check TAS Calendar)

Summer Library hours coincide with summer school class times.
Please check with the summer school office.

Dr. Candace Aiani: Upper School Research Librarian
Ms. Cindy Kao: Database & Services Manager
Ms. Penny Leu: Library Technician
Ms. Cheri Chen: Library Technician

Phone: (+886-2) 7750-9900, Circulation Desk: #241, Librarian: #364
Email: or

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

Students have access to the Destiny catalog, all electronic databases, e-journals, e-books, and other resources through the home page of the Destiny Catalog. Students log in to EzProxy for off-campus access to digital resources.

Students may purchase a copy card at the circulation desk for NT$100 to use with both the color and black & white copiers. Student laptops are configured to print to both the regular and color printers in the library. Students are encouraged to scan pages as an alternative to print. Three hand-held scanners are available in the USIC at the circulation desk.

The Fitness Café is located by the rear entrance to the USIC. A good place to enjoy a break from academic study. A variety of snacks and drinks to choose from.


  • Library Cards:
    Students use their TAS ID cards or ID numbers to check out books.
  • Lending Policy:
    Ten items at one time. The lending period is now extended to 30 days for all books, print and digital. 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 pays the cost of the item and a replacement fee. Lost items are cleared when a cashier’s receipt is received by the library.
  • 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.
  • Conference Room:
    Approved for student groups. Students may reserve online through LibCal on the Destiny catalog homepage.
  • 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.

Non-student TAS community members have access to much of the collection in all libraries. Check with divisional libraries for details.

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.