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The libraries of the Goethe-Institut

Our mission

Our libraries are public and non-commercial places that offer an inspiring atmosphere for exchange and meeting. Carefully curated collections of analogue and digital media convey an up-to-date image of Germany and support learners of German.

In many different projects we work together with partners from civil society, especially from the library, media and information scene. The topics range from artificial intelligence to reading promotion, from environmental protection to cultural heritage.

Our libraries are also open spaces for experiments: For example, the hub for social entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, a Library of Things in Bratislava, a professionally curated art gallery in Belgrade, regularly changing themed rooms in Prague, Warsaw and many other places, a multimedia studio in Addis Ababa, a makerspace in Cairo and much more.

Through inspiration and innovation, the libraries of the Goethe-Institutes link Germany and the world.

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More information about the integration of the libraries into the overall structure of the Goethe-Institut can be found on the page "About us”:
About us (Libraries)


E-Library "Onleihe"

Our literature blog "Cherrypicker" suggests

Our activities

Take a look at some of our library projects and acitivies around the globe in the past few years.

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Tramas Democráticas

Tramas Democráticas links initiatives and institutions in South America and Germany that strengthen democratic practices and values.

Short readings in Japanese

The series #vierseiten presents short readings of new German literature in Japanese translation. The first season is about finding and losing, about the fluid boundaries between presence and absence.

News from the library world

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