The International School of the Sacred Heart has two libraries that serve a school population of over 500 students. The libraries have collections which support the curriculum, facilitate research, and promote a love of reading. They also provide library services to faculty, parents, and others in the school community.

The Kindergarten/Junior School and Middle School/High School Library holdings include over 34,000 books in English, Japanese, and French, as well as DVDs, periodicals, and CDs.

The libraries have a commitment to providing quality resources in digital format as well. Alexandria, our online library catalog, provides links to 14,000 websites vetted by teachers and librarians. Library users also have access to several useful subscription databases such as Britannica Online and EBSCOhost magazine database with Searchasaurus (for younger students). Students can access these resources on their laptops at school or at home via password.

Please go to Our Sacred Heart to find the passwords to access the library’s online resources.

Library Information

Kindergarten and Junior School Library

  • Ms. Ashanti Mayes-Alvidrez
Assistant Librarian
  • Ms. Cathy Noyes
  • Mon - Fri: 8:20 am - 8:50 am
  • Mon - Fri: 2:50 pm - 3:45 pm
  • K3 - K5: One book for one week
  • Grade 1: Two books for one week
  • Grades 2 - 4: Two books and one magazine for one week
  • Parents: Five books and two DVD’s for one week (DVD’s can only be checked out by parents or teachers)
K/JS Library Website

Middle and High School Library


  • Ms. Ashanti Mayes-Alvidrez
  • Ms. Cecilia Song

AV/Library Assistant

  • Mrs.Miyuki Fujii


  • 8:20 am to 5:00 pm on school days


  • Books : Five books for two weeks
  • Videos: One video for overnight or three videos for weekend
  • Magazines: Three magazines for one week (latest issue can be read in library only)

Reserved/bulk loan resources are available for in-library or overnight use


  • Reference and research assistance
  • Reader advisor
  • Reserves and bulk loans to support classes
  • Printing and photocopying



The Sakura Medal reading program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favourite books in a number of different categories, including Picture Books, Chapter Books, Graphic Novels, Middle School Fiction, High School Fiction, Japanese Picture Books, Japanese Chapter Books, Japanese Middle School Fiction, and Japanese High School Fiction. There is also an annual Sakura Medal art competition in which students can participate.

For more information on the Sakura Medal reading program please visit: