Two libraries available to students

"To educate is to build" Victor Hugo

LIFE School Jakarta houses a Library and Documentation Center (BCD) in Primary school and a Documentation and Information Center (CDI) in Secondary school. They are places of life and culture for all students.


The BCD (Bibliothèque Centre de Documentation) is open to all kindergarten and elementary school students from Monday to Friday from 7:45 am, including during recess and lunch breaks. The BCD is under the responsibility of a documentalist teacher, who specializes in document management, children’s literature and media, and information literacy.

Each class visits the library once a week, during which each student can borrow three items (novels, albums, comics, magazines, and non-fiction books). A reading is often proposed during this BCD session, but it can sometimes take the form of a 1/4-hour news session, during which we discuss topical issues. Some sessions with the school teacher and the librarian include documentary research or media and information literacy activities (work on the press, writing articles for the #LIFE Magz, creating podcasts, etc.).
The life of the BCD is punctuated by cultural events and visits from authors… The children also take part in the “Les Incorruptibles” literary prize. The BCD is a place of access to culture, where children discover and cultivate the pleasure of reading, and learn to respect the rules of life: listening, being calm, and taking care of books. Children come to the library to browse, listen, dream, imagine, discover, and learn.


It’s the heart of the cultural life of middle and high school students. The CDI is open Monday to Friday from 7:45 am.

An educational role

The CDI is closely involved in the school’s educational activities. As part of the school’s documentary policy, a certain number of documentary and information skills have been defined, to be achieved by students at the end of each cycle. One way of achieving this is to aim for regular use of the CDI by all students.

To build a solid foundation in documentary research, 6th graders are welcomed for one hour a week. As part of this Initiation à la Recherche Documentaire (IRD), they learn to use research tools (BCDI software, dictionaries, encyclopedias, classification of fiction and non-fiction, Internet). They discover the steps involved in effective documentary research.

A cultural role

The librarian oversees the enrichment and renewal of the library’s collection, offering a wide choice of non-fiction books, novels, collections of poetry or stories, and periodicals to suit the widest possible audience.

Fiction books can be borrowed for two weeks. Non-fiction books and encyclopedias can be consulted on site.

Students have at their disposal :

  • Numerous periodical subscriptions for middle and high school students at the CDI and the BCD
  • Around 6,000 non-fiction books in the CDI / around 4,000 non-fiction books in the BCD
  • Around 8,000 fiction novels, poems, stories and plays in the CDI
  • Around 7,000 fiction books in the library (novels, stories, albums)
  • Around 1,500 comics in the CDI / around 400 comics and manga in the BCD

By the rules set out in the internal regulations, there are specific rules for CDI’s:

  • Computers are used exclusively for educational purposes
  • Respect and tidiness of materials and documents are required
  • Food and drink are prohibited
  • Cell phones are not allowed

At the BCD, rules also apply:

  • Shoes must be removed before entering
  • No food or drink allowed in the BCD
  • The material and documents provided must be respected.
  • You have to be quiet so as not to disturb the other students reading!