Welcome to the KAS Library

Open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

We exist to serve the students, parents and staff of Kaohsiung American School.  In addition to more than 12,000 books available for checkout, we also carry popular magazines and subscribe to a variety of powerful research databases. Our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) system allows students to search the full collection at school and home to easily find the resources they need for learning. Students can also access our online databases from home through this website, using passwords available from the library staff. With wireless internet access, 2 printers, and a ceiling-mounted projector, we can support a variety of instructional needs. Students and teachers are able to use the library as an extension of the classroom during the school day. After school, the work tables, reading areas and computers are available for students and parents until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Tues. Nov 17

Library Help Tutorials

Access World News (2.5 minutes)
Using the Library Catalog
 (3 minutes)
Utilize your Library Account (3 minutes)
Using EbscoHost Advanced Placement (2.23 minutes)
Using Google Scholar (2.17 minutes)
More Google Scholar Tips
WorldBook Online Tutorials (various)

Library Resources

Database Login & Password information
(must sign on with your KAS gmail account to view)

Library Databases:

Library Catalog Follett Destiny

Access World News: Read newspaper articles from around the world.
BrainPop: Watch animated videos of science, history, reading, writing and more!
Ebsco . Advanced Placement Source and 3,000+ non-fiction K-8 ebooks. Good for extended essays, and elementary research projects.
FactCite. A database full of easy to read biography and historical information, perfect for classroom presentations and reports.
Pebble Go PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research.
WorldBook Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Here are some online tutorials on using WorldBook.

KAS Library Ebooks

To check out KAS ebooks, log into Destiny, then search for “ebook.” Click “Open” to read the book. If you decide you want to keep reading, click anywhere and a menu will appear. On the top left there is a “Close” button. When you click this button, it gives you 3 options: choose “close and check out” if you want to keep reading it. You can then later find your title in the “My Info” link in Destiny.

 To download & read ebooks offline: go to Follett BryteWave eReader app to select the app for your device,. First, install the app, then login to your Destiny Account, and go to “My Library” to open your book, or search and download new books!

Kaohsiung Public Library

Anyone who lives in Kaohsiung may be a member of the public library system, and it is a really great system! They have many online resources–some even in English! Foreigners need only supply their passport and a local address to get their public library card. To log in, use your card ID # as your ID and your birthdate with the Chinese year as the password in the following format: YYMMDD. To find your Chinese birthyear, you can use this resource. Find your nearest public library branch here.

Kaohsiung Public Library Catalog Log in here first with your public library card.
Kaohsiung Public Library Databases
(has excellent databases on Taiwan and Asian history, and also has English databases, TumbleBooks in English, and Inter-Library Loan agreements with national Universities)
Kaohsiung Public Library ebook cloud (Has audio books, picture books and novels in Chinese; these are NOT cataloged in their public library catalog)

Free Online Resources

American Census
American Memory ProjectDigital Archive of photos, films and articles. Good for history and primary source research
Book Adventure (AR-Like quizzes)
Digital Public Library of America: Digital Archive of photos, films and articles. Good for history and primary source research
Directory of Open Access Journals: Scholarly articles. Good for Extended Essays
Google Newspaper Archive: Read articles from the 1800’s to the 1980s from all over the world.
Google Scholar: Scholarly articles. Good for Extended Essays
Gutenberg Project
: Free classic ebooks
Hathi Trust: Free scholarly ebooks
Multi-lingual Free Ebooks: List of free ebooks in over 40 languages!
Open Access Journal Search Engine: Scholarly articles. Good for Extended Essays
Ryhiner Historical Digital Map Collection: Digital Archive of maps. Good for history and primary source research
Taiwan’s Public Statistics & Data: Economic, agricultural and economic statistics of Taiwan; good for Extended essays.
Taiwan’s Environmental Data: Pollution & water data
Visual Arts Database Service: Resource of free fine art & advertising images to use in education
Zotero: A free resource management app, that allows you to save, organize and share resources from anywhere!

Important Information about your KAS Library

Selection Assistance

The library staff will be glad to provide assistance with selection of books for assignments and for leisure reading.


Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade students may check out up to three books for up to one week. Students in grades 2-12 and parents may check out up to five books for two weeks.  All items may be renewed once if no reserve request has been made. If you lose or damage a book, you must pay for it.

Library Mission

We believe the library is for learning new things, discovering new ideas, creating products and enjoying reading. Library users who disrupt others pursuing these goals will be given two warnings before they are asked to leave.

Book Orders

We welcome your suggestions for books to add to the library collection. Books are ordered throughout the year as needed. The library also coordinates book orders for home through Scholastic Books.

Additional Services

There is a photocopier for students to use for a limited number of copies. Please ask the library staff for assistance. If you have any questions, or need help, please ask! If there is something that you require that isn’t listed here, please speak to us. We’ll do our best to serve you.

Contact Us

library@kas.kh.edu.tw  or 866-7 -583-0112 x639