Welcome to the GISNY Library!

Our bright and spacious library is home to our extensive collection of over 13,000 items. The GISNY library offers our students a place to discover their next favorite book, with ample seating and study space. As part of the Campus of the Future project of 2018, the newly built library includes the Silentium -- an adjacent silent study area equipped with tables and seating for individual study, as well as a computer station for research and school work.

Our collection offers a varied selection of German- and English-language materials, including: picture books, chapter books, non-fiction & reference materials, DVDs, and CDs. While the majority of our collection focuses on German language development, we support our English and Foreign Language Departments with access to digital and print materials through cooperation with local libraries and institutions.

Parents may visit the library during the parent hours or by appointment. Please contact the librarians if you have any questions.

Tips for using the online catalog:

  • Under “any,” you are able search by author, 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).


Bb                 Picture books 
An                 Chapter Books (Children's Literature)
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

Library Policies and Procedures

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 Catalog

Current students can access the library catalog here (please click on the picture):



Please click on the picture for the Sora e-book catalog. 


Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Friday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Parent Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 

8:30 - 9:00 am & 3:30 – 4:00 pm 

Thursday: 8:30 - 9:00 am  

Friday: 8:30 - 9:00 am & 2:15 - 2:45 pm 


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)