The 87 libraries of the Goethe-Institut are public places. They offer an inspiring atmosphere for exchange and encounter. Around 800,000 analogue and digital media convey an up-to-date image of Germany and promote active engagement with language, culture and society.

Goethe-Institut Athens - Library Poto: Thalia Galanopoulou

Voices about our libraries worldwide

Our libraries are places of encounter, exchange and learning. Here, users tell us what the libraries of the Goethe-Institut mean to them.

Student from the PASCH School Montessori Lyceum in Amsterdam: 

"I had a lot of fun with the library rally and I have the feeling that I know my way around the library much better now..."

Razzaqui, German learners Goethe Institute Jakarta: 

"I like the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library because it's quiet, cool, and keeps me away from normal entertainment, like social media and other diversions on my phone. It's just me, books, and my own thoughts. Come visit the library, you might like it!"

Jorge Villanueva Bustíos, Professor of the Academic Department of Performing Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: 

"Since I was a student in the 90s, I have had the opportunity to visit the Goethe-Institut library. My points of reference were always the German theatre authors, such as Büchner or Brecht. In the library I now had access to them and discovered many other authors that I hadn't known before. Since then, I have felt strongly drawn to the library. I always felt it was an oasis where I could retreat to discover new books and new authors, a place of freedom and tranquillity. The atmosphere of the place made me return there again and again.
Without a doubt, I was not only able to find important contributions to my narrower field of specialisation in the Goethe-Institut library, but also discover many other topics and subject areas. In 2018, I completed a master's degree in interdisciplinary cultural studies: once again, I was able to find important materials for this degree programme at the intersection of social sciences, social sciences and arts at the Goethe-Institut: in my beloved library, which has since been transformed for me into a space for further and never-ending education.
Thank you for everything!"


Sahil, student: 

"I frequent the library three or four times a week. I appreciate the self-service book checkout system the most. The library environment helps me focus better compared to home. During exams, the video and audio resources in the library have been extremely beneficial. One memorable experience was participating in an event called Spielzeit, where I enjoyed playing games with friends."


Aurora Mínguez, journalist and former foreign correspondent :

"There are libraries that are gloomy and hostile. Others are bright, spacious and inviting. The library in Madrid is not only beautiful, but also bright and has a balcony. It is a place for encounters and dialogue. In addition to an extensive selection of books, DVDs, newspapers and magazines, it also offers space for ideas, exchange and friendship. All of this is very necessary in these turbulent times."

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