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The Darien Library is ranked as one of the top 10 public libraries in the country for its size, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rating. Darien Library holds itself to the highest possible standard of customer service. We pride ourselves on providing a fulfilling and enriching experience to all who visit us either in person or on the web. We consider hospitality to be a core component in all we do and always look forward to seeing you at the library. One third of our operating budget comes from donations. All of our books, movies, computers, magazines, and books on CD, information resources, and programs are paid for by private donors. By becoming a Friend of the Library, you are supporting the purchasing of new materials and programs.
According to George Soros (June 1992), the Central European University Library is presently housed in the heart of the Central European University teaching site in downtown Budapest. The library building opened in 1995, with an extension added in 1997. The library premises is comprised of approximately 1,600 square meters of Open Access Area with 170 seating spaces, a closed stacks area of approximately 500 square meters, and an area for library offices. The first library management system, known as Tinlib, was introduced in September 1993. As a result of a one-year project, Millennium, a modern, web-based library system, replaced Tinlib. The new catalog went live on July 1, 2002.The library catalog is accessible on computers throughout the Central European University campus and worldwide via the Internet. Since its founding, the CEU Library has grown to become a medium-sized university library offering the largest collection of English-language holdings in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities in Central and East Europe.
The Rome International School libraries provide centres within the school in which teaching and learning come together. The library resources support learning in the classroom and encourage a love of reading and enjoyment of books. The Elementary School library is situated on the third floor of the school while the Middle & High School library is situated in the Study Support Suite on the fifth floor. Both libraries are staffed by full-time bi-lingual librarians. The collection contains around 12.000 items comprising of picture books, fiction and non-fiction, reference books, videos and CD-ROMs. An international section is also available allowing students to read in their own languages. Teaching resources, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, professional magazines, professional texts and educational catalogues are also housed in the library.
All students visit the libraries on a weekly basis according to their scheduled library period. During this time they may borrow books or carry out research. Throughout the course of the year students are taught a broad range of library skills including alphabetic & numerical skills for the retrieval of material, bibliographical skills in recording sources of information and reading for research. Both libraries have access to computers providing study and research facilities. Books can be borrowed on a weekly basis, usually for a maximum of two weeks. Lower Elementary may borrow one book, Upper Elementary are allowed two books at a time. Middle School students are encouraged to choose personal reading books from the Immanuel Kant library on the fifth floor, aided by their English teacher and Librarian. They will also use the library for research and information. High School students will have full use of the Library and its services for study periods, as well as in their free time; break times, before and after school. Full supervision is guaranteed at all times.
Any damaged or lost books must be paid for. Students are encouraged to use the library during break...
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