What is the eLibrary?

The eLibrary is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in India. This service allows you to borrow digital media, such as ebooks, audio and video files, electronic newspapers and magazines, for a predetermined period of time. Simply download it on your computer, your tablet or your eReader or even use it through an app in your smartphone.

With our eLibrary borrowing media is at your fingertips 24/7.
Returning media isn't necessary. At the end of the loan period, the media automatically becomes unavailable.

The following media can be downloaded:
  • German newspapers and magazines, e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Psychologie heute, Deutsch perfekt, auto, motor und sport
  • Books for learning German, e.g. grammar exercises or Easy Readers
  • Contemporary & crime fiction, also available as audio books
  • Classic German language literature
  • Children’s and youth literature
  • Travel guides, non-fiction on history, culture and society of Germany
  • Music
  • Movies for children, feature films and documentaries
To get an overview of the items on offer, please visit:

How long can I borrow a medium?

eBooks: 14 days
eAudio, eVideo and eMusic: 7 days
eMagazines: 1 day
ePapers: 1 hour

Who can use the eLibrary?

Anyone interested who lives in India can register for the eLibrary.

On which devices can I access the eLibrary?

The eLibrary supports several file formats and almost all popular computers and mobile devices, such as PC, tablet, smartphone or an eBook-Reader. The Kindle, which is only compatible with Amazon-products, is an exception.
The use of eLibrary media on Apple and Linux powered devices is  limited because Apple and Kindles have their own digital rights management (DRM), which is not compatible with the eLibrary's DRM, only eBooks in the ePub format can be used at the moment.
Please check the
Minimum Technical Requirements for eLibrary Use 
before downloading e-media for the first time with us and have a look at this table. It indicates which eMedia can be used with which device.

How do I register to use the eLibrary?

First you have to register for the Onleihe. Please fill in the registration form for that.

Once we have received your registration, we will send a registration code which you will need to activate your access to the eLibrary.

The activation is carried out through our My goethe.de personalized web platform. Enter your registration code under the “My eLibrary” menu item.

If this is your first time using My goethe.de, you must first create a user account for this service. The registration and use of My Goethe.de is free of charge.

From the moment you first enter the registration code, you will have access to the eLibrary service for one year free of charge.

After one year, this access automatically expires. If you wish to continue using the eLibrary service, you will need to fill in another registration form. You will then obtain a new registration code to renew your access to the eLibrary.

If you're interested, please register for the eLibrary:
Registration form

Questions on this service can be addressed to:
Tel.: +91 11 2347 1125