The UAS libraries serve students, parents, faculty, and staff with a joint collection of over 30,000 digital and print materials, using Follett’s web-based Destiny library system.  Students and parents can access Destiny from a location outside the school in order to check the catalog and log into their accounts. Our hours are 7:30-4:15 daily (except Tuesdays, when we close at 2:00) and 7:30-1:30 during Ramadan.

The elementary library staff promotes lifelong literacy and a love of reading by offering a variety of informative and pleasure reading materials at various levels in print and digital formats. Elementary students visit the library with their teacher weekly: Early Childhood (PK, KG1, KG2) students can check out one book at a time, and grades 1-5 can check out two books. Any student can also borrow an Arabic book in addition to their allotment. Your elementary librarian teaches lessons in which many skills are combined: reading genres, research strategies, and library information skills are interwoven with the units of study in the TCRWP reader’s workshop and in the PYP Program of Inquiry. Our rabbit puppet Conejo (“King of the Library”) is a popular mascot here. To find out more about your elementary library, visit his Instagram account @conejolibraryrabbit. Visit our Destiny home page to browse our catalog and to access links to our digital subscriptions (PebbleGo and World Book Online) and author and reading websites.

The UAS MS/HS library supports recreational reading, informational, digital, environmental, and literacy needs of students grades 6 -12. It may be accessed on the first floor from 7:30 - 4:15 on regular school days and 7:30 - 1:30 during Ramadan. The school community uses the MS/HS Library to check out or browse our print collection, conduct research, study, or quietly socialize. Because ours is a secondary library, teachers send students or bring their classes to the library to conduct research or listen to book talks in a spacious learning environment on a flexible library schedule. The new REGAL room is a separate space for book talks, project building, downtime between classes, and inspiration. UAS parents can visit the library during open hours and borrow up to five books at a time. Become an active member of the MS/HS Library by visiting its instagram @uasmshslibrary. Our subscription academic databases and links websites that reinforce the UAS curriculum are accessible on our Destiny home page.


The UAS librarians, both certified teachers with master’s degrees in library and information science, attend librarian conferences and professional trainings annually. We also organize book fairs, author visits, field trips, and reading incentive programs to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning.


Rhonda Lesperance, MS/HS Librarian
Leslie Baker, Elementary Librarian 

  • Universal American School
  • P.O. Box 79133, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • +971 4 232 5222
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