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 in Canada. This service allows you to borrow digital documents, such as eBooks, audio and video files, and electronic newspapers and magazines, for a predetermined period of time, by downloading them from our eLibrary. 

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:
Anyone who has a primary residence in Canada and who has registered with the Goethe-Institut for access to the eLibrary may use the services of our Onleihe.

Disclaimer: the use of Onleihe-documents on Apple and Linux powered devices is limited. The use of Onleihe-documents is not possible on Kindles. Why? Because Apple and Kindles have their own digital rights management system (DRM), which are not compatible with the Onleihe’s documents' DRM. We recommend you confirm that your PC or Mac operating system is compatible prior to signing up. Please read the Minimum Technical Requirements for Onleihe Use.

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
The following steps are necessary to register for the Onleihe:
  1. Complete the Application form and click on "Send application" at the bottom of the page.
  2. Once we've received your application, a staff member will contact you via email – during the work week generally within 24 hours – with a registration code. Should you have not received an email from us within a few days of applying, please check your email's spam filter. You may also call us at +1 (514) 499-0159 ext. 105.
  3. Visit the personalized web platform and create a new user account (registration and use are free of charge). Click on the navigation point "my eLibrary" and enter your registration code.

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. 

If you're interested, please apply for the eLibrary:
Application Form
Not sure how our Onleihe works? Need clarification on the registration process? Find answers to your Onleihe questions in the short video below.