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This service allows you to borrow digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudio books and electronic newspapers by downloading them to your computer or e-reader. Have a look at the titles you will find in the eLibrary of the Goethe-Institut.

There is no need to return the borrowed items. They automatically become unavailable at the end of the loan period.

With our eLibrary, borrowing items is possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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The service is available to residents of Australia.

Please note:
There is only limited use of the eLibrary on Apple and Linux devices. Use of eLibrary on Kindle is not available. Only eBooks in the ePub format are currently available on Apple products. In order to open ePubs on an iPad or iPhone you can download the free Overdrive Media Console or Bluefire apps and sign in with your free Adobe ID. Please make sure that your eBook reader is compatible before signing up to the eLibrary.

You need to register to use the eLibrary using the online registration form. If you're not already a member of the Goethe-Institut library in Sydney we will enrol you and send you a registration code which you will need to activate your access to the eLibrary.

The activation is carried out through our 'Mein' personalised web platform which you can find at the top of Goethe-Institut web pages. Enter your registration code under the 'My eLibrary' menu item.

If this is your first time using 'Mein', you must first create a user account for this service. The registration and use of 'Mein' is free of charge.


From the moment you first enter your registration code, you will have access to the eLibrary service for one year.  If you wish to continue using the eLibrary, you will need to fill out another registration form. You will then obtain a new registration code to renew your access to the eLibrary.

Please ensure before registration that your device (PC, smartphone, tablet, e-book reader etc.) fulfills the technical requirements. Refer to the eLibrary website for more information.

The copyright on the media of the eLibrary requires a number of systems to work together. eLibrary is not in charge of all these processes. Therefore, we cannot offer our media to all available systems and devices.

Please note: Amazon's Kindle is a closed system. Kindle owners cannot use the eLibrary.

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Goethe-Institut in your country.

Further information:
FAQ and instruction

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