March 30, 2020:  Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order for Marylanders which means no one should leave their home for any reason other than essential work, to get food or other fundamental reason. The order takes effect at 8 pm.
For the GISW this means:

1. All GISW buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. 

2. In order to give our teachers and parents more time to prepare, we are postponing both parent nights that were scheduled for tonight to Thursday at the same time.

Distance Learning until Friday, April 24th, 2020.

We are here for you as we continue to prepare for the 2020/21 school year. The Admissions Office remains open. Please complete this form and we will contact you:

GISW updates related to the Coronavirus:

Library for Grades 5 through 12

Librarian: Kathryn Deschler
Phone: 301.767.3828

Opening Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am (for German Language Courses, GLC)

The library is closed during school vacations and on all holidays or school closings.

About the Library

The Upper School Library of the German International School Washington D.C. serves students of the 5th through 12th grades, teachers, staff, parents and members of the German School Society.  We are also open Saturday mornings for the use of the German Language Courses (GLC).

The purpose of the library is not only to offer access to traditional and modern sources of information to its users, but also to support the advancement of efficient research strategies. Visitors of  the library find individual assistance as well as various sources of information useful for personal enrichment and for leisure activities.

Our collection consists of approximately 20,000 books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs in German, English, Spanish, French and Latin.  It includes everything from the most current German literature for our students, through the classics thanks in part to a generous donation from Herta and Hugo Müller in 2005.  We also have a wide range of reference and non-fiction materials for students to use for their research projects.

Use of the Library - Main Building

During the regular opening hours, the library can be used by all members of the German School Society and GISW employees.

Up to three books may be checked out at a time for a period of three weeks.  DVDs and CDs may be checked out for a period of one week.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  The library can be reached at or 301.767.3828.



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