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CIS Secondary Library: Reading

How to access print books, eBooks, audiobooks, & magazines

How to search the CIS catalog

Troubleshooting tips

1. To login to our Library catalog you will need your initial password provided to you by IT at the start of your time at CIS. If you do not remember your initial password, please contact Alvin Chung

2. If you have your initial password from IT but you still cannot login please switch from Chrome web browser to Safari and try again. 

3. If you are able to login on Safari, this means you need to clear the Cache & Cookies of your Chrome browser by using the Google instructions from here as Chrome may have cached (remembered) some incorrect login data in the browser.

Please give it a try and once you have done that, please try accessing Destiny using Chrome again to see if it works.

Checking out a book in the Library

 Download Sora to borrow and read now!

Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with eBooks and audiobooks from our school. Students can simply log in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device.

Step 1

The Sora app is available for iPhone/iPad or Android. ​Install Sora and begin reading!

Step 2

After downloading the app, find "Chinese International School" as your library. 

Step 3

Sign in using your school username (the first part of your email) and password (initial password). Teachers, use your iLeave password.

Browse and borrow as you please!

 Video tutorial: Downloading and using the Sora App

 Video tutorial: More information on the Sora App

The Secondary Library provides unlimited access to over 400 magazines via our Sora Ebook and Audiobook collection

These magazines serve students and faculty equally well and provide excellent opportunities for use in the classroom. In addition to classroom use, readers will easily find reading options that focus on different hobbies, interests, and pastimes. Topics included in this collection are Kids & Teens, Tech & Gaming, Culture & Literature, Fashion, Food & Cooking, News & Politics, Science, Sports, and others that are too numerous to mention here.
Please look through the PDFs linked below for a complete list of titles and subjects. With nearly 400 options, there is indeed something for everyone!
Visit your Sora account today to explore the abundant options!

  Digital Magazine Options, Sorted by SUBJECTS

This is a list of our magazines, sorted by interests, topics, or hobbies.

  Digital Magazine Options, Sorted by TITLES

This is an alphabetical list of the nearly 400 titles in our magazine collection

What should I read next?

How long will it take me to read...?

Book or Magazine Suggestions

Policies and Privileges

Please remember it is your responsibility to bring your school ID card each day. 


Students, you must use your school ID cards for access to all services provided in the Library. All items to check out include print materials and equipment such as E-readers; you must have your ID to do so.  You can use your student ID card for photocopying and printing. 


Help our CIS community by: 

  • Respecting your Library space   
  • Respecting other students in your Library   
  • Respecting everything and everyone in your Library

Secondary Checkout Limits

CIS students are respectful, responsible, and enthusiastic about reading and research! Please return your books when they are due so others can enjoy them. 

Students can check out under their name only. Students may not check out items under others names.

Year 7-9 Students
  • Up to 6 print items per student
  • Up to 2 Sora titles per student

Year 10-13 Students
  • Up to 10 print items per student
  • Up to 2 Sora titles per student

Dear parents, 

We invite you to enjoy the Secondary Library. Please do visit us to browse, ask questions, seek guidance to support your child's reading, or simply to learn about our space 

The ideal time to visit the Secondary Library is after school hours between 3:00-4:00. We reserve the school hours (7:30-3:00) for student and teacher use. The library is a classroom, so your understanding is appreciated.

Because this is a teaching and learning space, we ask that you follow the same expectations we have for the students. When visiting the library, please model and support these standards. It is helpful for students to see.

  • Please wear your Parent ID badge prominently; we need to know who you are.
  • Please engage in a book, magazine, newspaper, or browse our collection. 
  • You are invited to chat with the librarians seeking insight or support for your children.
  • Please take care of all phone communication needs (calls and texts) before entering. Turn off and tuck away your devices.
  • Water bottles are welcome in the Library. Please enjoy your coffee and snacks in the Cafeteria or at the Rooftop Café.
  • Parents who are with their Primary students are asked to use the Primary Library.
  • If you are waiting for your child to finish classes or CCAs or need a place to socialize, we ask that you do so at the Rooftop Café or in the Cafeteria. 
Parental Checkouts
  • Up to 6 items per parent
  • Parents may not check out items in their child's name
    • We appreciate your support in fostering students' independence and responsibility through learning how to manage and maintain their own Library materials.

Material Type

Loan Period

Overdue Prices

Replacement Costs**

Books (print & digital) 14 days


$200 (fiction)

$400 (non-fiction)

Magazines and Journals 14 days N/A* $100
Audio-Visual (Audiobooks, DVDs, etc.) 14 days N/A* $200
Kindles 14 days N/A* $1,200**

*Rather than charging fees for overdue materials, we ask that you return or renew items. You will not be allowed to check out any additional items if you have anything overdue or have lost/damaged a book. The rule of thumb: if you expect to check something out, take care of your obligations.

**If a missing or damaged item is part of a set and we are not able to replace the missing portion, then you need to pay for the replacement of the entire set, which means the cost may be significantly higher. This applies to both books and AV materials.

We welcome you to enjoy the L3 and L4 Library spaces from 7:30am to 4:00pm. Please peruse our books collection, relax with friends, play board games, or use the quiet study space. There are many options for you within the Library. 

As a reminder, per our school wide Responsible Use Policy, students should refrain from accessing and playing video games during the school day and refrain from using their devices during the 'tech free' morning break.