Teaching resources

A wide-ranging approach

The teaching activities and resources developed by the educational team at the Bibliothèque Humaniste are aimed at children of all ages, from nursery school through to high school.

Designed to complement the school curriculum, our teaching resources combine elements of history, French, geography, life and earth sciences and history of art.

The department also offers various activities: guided tours, workshops and educational exercises, but also customised study projects. A concrete way for your pupils to engage with a variety of subjects:

  • Humanism: understanding humanism, education, correspondence etc.
  • Books in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: manuscripts, calligraphy and illumination, printing and engraving, the process of making paper etc.
  • Science in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: spices, plants from the New World etc.

The teaching room provides a comfortable working space for school groups.

Nouveau ! Concours Printemps de l'écriture 2019


Niveau collège et lycée

Cette année, le Printemps de l’écriture propose un parcours de lecture et d’écriture autour du thème «  Par hasard ». L’Académie Grand Est s’est associée avec le service éducatif de la Bibliothèque Humaniste pour proposer aux élèves une découverte des collections à travers ce thème.

Pourquoi ne pas jouer à pile ou face pour décider du thème que nous allons aborder ensembe : pile, le thème des jeux de hasard et de la roue de la Fortune et face, l’histoire d’une découverte fortuite de l’Amérique ?

Déroulement : Accompagnés d’une médiatrice, les élèves commencent par répondre à un questionnaire pour découvrir des gravures et des documents traitant du thème choisi (45mn). Puis l’aventure continue avec un atelier d’écriture (45 mn) rythmé par le hasard.

Educational tours, exercises and workshops

Guided tours

A guided tour of the museum, introducing younger visitors to humanism and historic books.

For ages 3-18

Price: free for schools in Sélestat and neighbouring towns, €85 for other schools. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Guided tour plus educational activity/workshop

An opportunity for children to discover the museum then dig deeper/experiment in the teaching room.

Educational activity

  • The Book of Miracles of Sainte Foy: discovering a 12th-century manuscript and its awesome illuminated panels.
    Age 8+
  • Münster’s Universal Cosmography: get a unique insight into Renaissance thought courtesy of this scientific work, published in the 16th century.
    Age 12 +
  • What was humanism in the 16th century? Understanding this philosophical context with the help of contemporary texts.
    Age 14+


  • Medieval calligraphy: using a metal quill, participants are invited to try their hand at reproducing the Carolingian minuscule script.
    Age 8+

Price: free for schools in Sélestat and neighbouring towns, €85 for other schools. 

Duration: 90 minutes (45 minutes for the tour, 45 minutes for the activity)


A hands-on approach based on experimentation.

  • Medieval calligraphy
    Age 8 and over
  • Making paper: teaching kids the traditional techniques of paper making, with a chance to knead and work the paste.
    Age 8 and over
  • Engraving: learn the art of engraving as you discover the linocut technique.
    Age 14 and over

Price: free for schools in Sélestat and neighbouring towns, €40 for other schools. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Entrance prices

These prices must be added to the cost of your chosen educational activity/workshop.

  • Children under the age of 6: Free
  • Children over the age of 6:  €2
  • Two adult supervisors per group, plus the bus driver: free
  • Additional supervisors: €2