Library

Welcome to the ISA Library, home to over 6,000 books in seven different languages, including Chinese, English, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.

In addition, our collection includes thousands of digital books and online resources, which our students can access in class, at home, or from our computer lab.

We have special sections to support our early literacy and mother tongue programmes, as well as a new area devoted to audio-book and music listening.



The ISA Library supports student inquiry by providing a comprehensive and varied collection of books, materials, and online resources that enhances globally-minded exploration and introduces new learning experiences.





Meet the Library Staff

Head Librarian, Xelena González

ISA Head Librarian

Head Librarian Xelena González hails from the United States, where she specialized in early literacy outreach for the San Antonio Public Library. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2011. This is her second adventure in Guangzhou; 13 years ago she worked here as a journalist and creative writing instructor. Xelena enjoys integrating the arts into her programming and exploring world cultures through literature, music, and movement. Her favorite leisurely reading is The Sun magazine.

Deputy Librarian, Yoyo Guo

Deputy Librarian Yoyo Guo has more than six years experience in education, serving most recently as a library assistant at Utahloy International School. In 2015, she joined the founding faculty at ISA and has since been working diligently to build our multilingual collection of books and resources. Her artistic sensibility is evidenced in the design of the ISA Library, which incorporates and celebrates the natural landscape. In her spare time, Yoyo enjoys reading ancient history or art/fashion magazines.

Library Assistant, May Guo

Library Assistant May Guo is glad to be working with children again after years employed in managerial training. She brings her experience as a kindergarten teacher into play when making connections with our younger students. May documents our library programs, assists in making our books shelf ready, and handles most circulation duties. In her free time, she enjoys reading fairytales and folktales, which she shares with her 8-year-old daughter.

News Headline

ISA First Visiting Author of the School Year

Last Friday, our middle school students were treated to a special presentation by writer Briar Grace-Smith, who is visiting Guangzhou as a writer-in-residence at Sun Yat Sen University.


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