The provision of access to appropriate resources is a key responsibility, which we take very seriously. Maintaining a system that allows our users to remain connected to the academic life of the school at all times is a priority. Our eLibrary and other services allow pupils and teachers to access information digitally wherever they are.
The HIKS site is designed to provide users with a simple and safe system that supports pupils to learn, research and work individually and collaboratively. All users access the site through a single sign-on (SSO) and if for any reason this is not possible they can also enter using a 2-factor authentication portal.
The HIKS Catalogue is fully accessible though the Pupil and Staff portal. Visitors are able to access the catalogue as well but not the personalised functions. There is a basic search similar to most search engines and search scopes below allowing users to refine their search by the type of the resource. All Main Library books, sheets music and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs collection are included in the catalogue. A large amount of digital media for the eLibrary has been added to the catalogue to make searching for material easier.
With over 70 subscribed sites HIKS users are able to work with confidence from anywhere in the world that has a Wi-Fi signal. JSTOR gives access to over 2 million articles from its library of books, journals and primary sources while Digital Theatre+ provides access to recordings of drama and other performing arts. There is also access to the British Library Newspapers, the Loeb Library, the Gale in Context series, the Carcanet collection and many other subscriptions.
Journals and Magazines
There are a number of subscriptions to journals and magazines available in the eLibrary including History Today, Philosophy Now, The Geographical, Chemistry World, BBC Music Magazine and Apollo.
At present there are two eBook borrowing services are also available here allowing users to read for pleasure. There are further eBooks available to read online via a number of subscription sites.
Support for online users
All users can get in touch with the HIKS staff by pressing the ASK HIKS button and request help or tutorial support.