Frequently Asked Questions

The catalogue of the libraries of the Goethe-Instituts is located here.
It documents the media inventory of the libraries of the Goethe-Instituts abroad, insofar as they are recorded in the combined database of the Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund (SWB).
The Goethe-Institut is unable to provide any financial assistance for librarian work stays (e.g. study trips or conference attendance) abroad.
You can apply for financial aid from Bibliothek & Information International (BII).
You would have to be in at least your third semester of information science studies that is leading to the degrees of Diplom, Magister, Bachelor, Master, secondary school teaching state examination or a doctorate. For more information about our application process, please visit
At you will find both articles about the latest debated subject matter and information about the library system in general. In addition, the website of the Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V. (dbv) Bibliotheksportal also provide information about the library system in Germany.
An overview about the forms of library collaboration of the Goethe-Instituts can be found at
Unfortunately, we are unable to carry out any research for you. If you have any questions about acquiring professional information, please contact a public or academic library near you.
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