Welcome to the GISNY Library!

Our library offers an extensive selection of German and English books, including picture books, children's books, non-fiction, reference materials, and dictionaries. We have also books in Spanish and French, and a selection of DVDs and CDs available.   

Using the GISNY Library

Click on image for our library catalog   

For the safety of all students and staff in school, we are currently only allowing classes to come into the library with their homeroom teacher at pre-scheduled times. Parents cannot enter the library at this time.


Our students received a barcode from their homeroom teacher during class. The barcode acts as a username/ID to access their library account, which allows the student to request and borrow materials from our collection through the online catalog. 

Check-out Limit: 2 items (any combination of books, CDs, DVDs, etc).  

Students may have up to 2 items at home at a time. They may reserve an additional 2 items that will be delivered to their homeroom once the current loans have been returned to the library.  

* NOTE: Library accounts are only available to students; there are no parent accounts. * 


Students may still request books online outside of their scheduled class visit using the online catalog. Detailed instructions on how to request books can also be found in the LibGuides section. 

Requested books will be delivered to the student’s homeroom. 


Books may be returned to the yellow cart outside of the Front Office.

Tips for using the online catalog:

  • Tutorials for signing in and requesting books can also be found in our LibGuides section.
  • Under “anywhere,” you are able search by author/producer, subject, or title. The button "enhanced search" allows combined research.
  • Words spelled in German with an "Umlaut" should be entered either as “ä” or “a” (“ae” will not work).
  • Titles marked with a green P are available in the library. Titles marked with a red X are on loan or reserved. You may still request them.


Bb                 picture books 
An                 beginner readers
E                    YA fiction
R                    reference books (remain in the library)
B                    biographies
080                non-fiction series
Numbers      non-fiction, and adult and classic literature

If our library is missing a title you would enjoy, send us an email and we will try to order it for you (


Library Access for our Language School Students

Enrollment form for free Library Card

Language School Students will visit the library with their classroom teachers every first Wednesday or Saturday of the month. Students will then be able to select two books to bring home for reading.


Book Donations

We will gladly accept donations of books in German and English. We are currently accepting the following types of books in very good condition:

-       Picture books

-       Youth or Young Adult fiction and non-fiction

-       Early reader chapter books

However, there are some items we cannot use:

-       Encyclopedias, dictionaries and grammar books

-       Textbooks or class workbooks

-       Pixi books, medical reference materials, self-help books

-       Books that are mildewed, water damaged, or otherwise in poor condition

Donations can be placed on the yellow cart outside the main entrance.

Library Hours

Monday          8:30 – 4:00

Tuesday         8:30 – 3:45

Wednesday    8:30 – 3:45

Thursday       8:30 – 4:00

Friday             8:30 – 4:00


Contact the Library

For any further questions, please contact one of our librarians, Carla Köser and Marta Coulter

Phone: (914) 948 – 6513 x206


School Supplies

A small selection of school supplies from Germany are available to purchase. To order school materials, please contact the librarians (

A4 Notebooks

Checkered or lined


A5 Notebooks (small)



Geo Triangles


Lamy Pens – For older students


Lamy Pens – For younger students


Lamy Cartridges (Box of 5)


Ink Remover/ eraser