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 Library also publishes two blogs:

Current Writing in German is an up-to-date summary of German literary activities in the United States, new translations into English, literary award winners and other news of interest.

Librarian in Residence provides impressions, ideas and insights from the library scene in the United States and Germany.


    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: Current Writing

    Everything you’ve always wanted to know about German literature in the USA

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