E-Reading Foto: Goethe-Institut/ Loredana La Rocca


The eLibrary is a digital service allowing you to borrow digital media such as eBooks, eAudio books and electronic newspapers for a limited period.


Onleihe is the eLibrary of the Goethe-Institut Canada. This service allows you to borrow digital documents, such as eBooks, audio files and electronic newspapers, for a predetermined period of time, by downloading them through our Onleihe. 

Returning the document isn't necessary; at the end of the loan period, the document automatically becomes unavailable. 

With our Onleihe, borrowing documents is at your fingertips 24/7.

You can browse the content of the Onleihe here:
Every person who is interested, who lives in Canada and who is registered with our Onleihe, can use the services of this eLibrary.

Disclaimer: the use of Onleihe-media on Apple and Linux powered devices is very limited (at the moment, only eBooks in the ePub format). The use of Onleihe-media is not possible on Kindles. Why? Because Apple and Kindles have their own DRM, which are not compatible with some of the Onleihe’s documents' DRM. Please read the Minimum Technical Requirements for eLibrary Use.

  1. Registration is necessary in order to use the Onleihe. For that purpose, please fill out the online registration form.
  2. Once your registration form has been received, one of our employees will contact you (during the work week, generally within 24 hours). We will send you a registration code which you will need to activate your access to the Onleihe.
  3. The activation is carried out by our "My". personalized web platform. Enter your registration code under the "My eLibrary" menu item. If this is your first time using "My", you must first create a user account for this service. The registration and use of "My" is free of charge.
From the moment when you first enter the registration code, you will have access to the Onleihe service for one year. After one year, this access automatically expires. If you wish to continue using the Onleihe service, you will need to fill out another registration form. You will then obtain a new registration code to renew your access to the Onleihe. 

The people interested can register online.
Prior to registering for the eLibrary, please check that your PC or Mac meets the minimum technical requirements for use. We highly recommend a broadband Internet connection (DSL, cable) for media downloads. 

The following formats are currently used in the eLibrary: 
  • for eBooks: PDF-format and/or ePub-format
  • for eAudio: WMA-format
  • for eVideo: WMV-format
  • for ePaper: PDF-format
The minimal requirements for Windows systems are: 
  • Operating system: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
  • Windows Media Player 11 or higher
  • Adobe Reader X or higher
  • Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.2 (free Adobe ID required for authentification)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
  • Firefox 3.6.0 or higher
The minimal requirements for Mac systems (for eBook use only) are: 
  • Mac OS 10.2.8 - 10.4.2 + Adobe Reader 7.1.0
  • Mac OS 10.4.3 - 10.5.3 + Adobe Reader 8.x (9)
The minimal requirements for Linux systems for eBook use are: 
  • SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 + Adobe Reader 7.0.9 - 8.x
  • Slackware Linux 10 + Adobe Reader 7.0.9 - 8.x
  • Debian 4.0 Etch + Adobe Reader 7.0.9 - 8.x
  • Ubuntu (ab Version 8.10)
Please note that the Onleihe service is very limited to users with Apple or Linux systems. Only eBooks in the ePub format are currently available on Apple and Linux products. In order to open ePubs on an iPad or iPhone you can download the free Overdrive Media Console or Bluefire Reader apps and sign in with your free Adobe ID. ePapers are currently not available for download onto Apple products. eAudio, eMusic and eVideo are also not available, even if Windows Mediaplayer for Mac has been installed.Apple uses its own DRM, which is not compatible with the DRM of some of the documents offered in our Onleihe. For the same reason, Kindles are not compatible with our Onleihe service.

The Adobe PDF Reader is required in all cases. Other PDF readers, such as kpdf, unfortunately do not work. Adobe Reader 8.1.1 is recommended for Linux. 

We appreciate your understanding that while we currently are able to make our new range of titles available to many customers, for technical reasons, we are as yet unable to do so for all of them.