The Goethe-Institut New York Library is one of the few German-language lending libraries in the United States. Our holdings number approximately 7,000 volumes, including books (one-quarter of which are in English), audio books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines.

While we welcome visitors from the New York metropolitan area, for those of you outside of New York, please know we also mail items from our collections to members nationwide.

Our collection features four areas of specialization:
  • contemporary German art;
  • contemporary and classic German literature;
  • German film; and
  • German history from the late 19th century to the present.
The Librarian in Residence blog provides impressions, ideas and insights from the library scene in the United States and Germany.
    Goethe-Institut New York (72 Spring St.)
    Library Opening Hours*:
    Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    *In preparation for our upcoming move to Irving Place, the library will be closed beginning Monday, November 24. Information regarding the reopening at our new location will be communicated in a timely fashion. 


    The eLibrary is the Goethe-Institut's virtual library - register to borrow digital media from the comfort of your home.

    Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

    Wolf - Copyright Wolff-Verlag
    Awarded each year for an outstanding literary translation from German into English.

    Weblog: Librarian in Residence
    Impressions, ideas and insights from the library scene in New York and beyond