The goal of the "International Bookshelf" was to create a collection featuring books in multiple languages, with fiction and nonfiction titles spanning a wide range of topics. Use of the books is free, and open to all SAIT students and staff. Members of the SAIT community are welcome to use the books at their leisure based on an “honour system”, with the goal of the bookshelf as providing a medium for the SAIT community to share ideas and gain knowledge about the wonderfully diverse world we live in. The bookshelf invites members to borrow and return the books as they would at any library, but also allow members to keep books if they wish, with strong encouragement to follow the “take a book, leave a book” principle.
Staff in SAIT's International Centre purchased and donated 114 books which include travel guides for countries all across the globe, books about world religions, cookbooks featuring many different cultural cuisines, biographies and memoirs, fictional works by both Canadian and foreign authors, classic English fiction titles, and fiction in several foreign languages. International Centre staff including Adrienne Beaucage, Kaitlyn Bowman, and Erin Wordie, as well as Director, Enid Angelstad, took on this project and brought the world to SAIT. Their hope is that these books will travel and be shared, and in doing so will promote a sense of connectedness both within campus, and with the global SAIT community.