Welcome to the Merchiston Library!

Opening Hours:


Juniors Student Library Lunch Hour:

Year 3-4: Wednesday-Friday 13.00-13.25

Year 5-6: Monday Wednesday & Friday: 13.00-13.25

Seniors Student Library Lunch Hour

Year 7-13: Monday to Friday 13.00-13.25

Parent visiting Hours

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 16.00 pm – 17.00 pm.


As the heart of the school the library plays an essential role in supporting student learning and literacy. At MIS the library offers services from Parent visits, to Guided Reading to hosting Literacy events and Book fairs. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our library team.



Library Catalog

The MIS library uses Follett Destiny as our library management system. All students and staff have logins to Destiny and can search the catalog for books and other resources.

The MIS School Library Catalog can be accessed here



Collection Information

Our collection current stands at 13, 608 books. We have developed our collection in a way that promotes English acquisition and development. Presently the collection consists of: Picture books, Novels, Audio Books, DVDs, Graphic Novels, High Low Readers Pearson English Readers and language boardgames. These items are split across our Ketstage 1, Juniors, Middle Years and Seniors Libraries.

The library also possesses the hardware required for students and staff to avail of Audio and Visual materials.  The goal of the collection is to support English acquisition and the curriculum.




Our Juniors School uses Encyclopedia Britannica  as their primary database.

Encyclopedia Britannica contains hundreds of levelled articles and the world’s best websites which have been curated solely for student use.


To login Britannica students will be issued a password by either the library staff or their teachers.


Our Seniors School uses Proquest Central Student Database as their library database. Proquest Central Student is made up of 13 databases (Biological Science Database, Canadian Newsstream, Computer Science Database, Education Database,  Environmental Science Database, Global Breaking Newswires, International Newsstream, Psychology Database, Religion Database,  Research Library Science Database,  Social Science Database, U.S. Newsstream.) which students can use to research a range of topics.

Within Proquest Students can search for academic Articles, Blogs, Webspages Books, videos and podcasts

To login in Proqurest Students will be provided with a URL.


Proquest does not login in using Passwords or user accounts.


Library Services

Book Borrowing and Circulation

Early Years Students

Students in the Early Years/creche class can check up to 1 book out for 1 week.

Juniors Students Year 1-6

Students in Year 1-6 may check out up to 2 books for one week and an Audio book for 10 days. All items may be renewed if no reserve request has been made

Seniors Students Year 7-13 and Parents

Students in the Seniors and parents may check out 4 books for 2 weeks.  Seniors Students can check out an Audio Book for 10 Days

All items may be renewed if no reserve request has been made. If you lose or damage a book or any library resource you will be charged for it

Library Assistance

Our Library team is here to help students, staff and parents locate reading materials that fit their interests and reading ability. The library staff will also locate materials to support student learning and the curriculum. We are also available to provide access to Research databases and teach students research skills. Library staff are also available to provide research lessons on request and can offer one-on-one research assistance for students. The library also develops Library tutorial videos to explain the various features of the school library. These videos can be accessed here.

Additional Assistance.

The library staff is available to collaborate with students and staff to provide to support literacy across the school. The library staff also promote books from the Juniors, Middle Years and Seniors school libraries to encourage reading and literacy.


Library Tutorial Videos

Video 1
Introduction to Dewey Decimal System

Video 2
The Dewey Decimal System

Video 3
Fiction and Non-Fictions

Video 4
Shelving Books

Video 5

Video 6
Keywords and Boolean Searching

Video 7
Happy Christmas 2018

Video 8
Introduction to Information and Media Literacy

Video 9
The Job of the Media

Video 10
Why is Media Important

Video 11
Media and Copyright

Video 12
Introduction to Encyclopedia Britannica Part 1

Video 12
Introduction to Encyclopedia Britannica Part 2

Video 13
Introduction to the Library Management System


Universal Slideshow