Virtual Library

The 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 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:

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.

Logging in to use our Onleihe is simple:
  1. Log in to your Mein account.  If you don't yet have a Mein account please register for one (registration and use of Mein and the Onleihe are free of charge).

    Our eLibrary is for customers based outside the German-speaking area. To use the eLibrary within Germany please contact your local library.
  2. After logging in to Mein, go to the menu option "Onleihe" and click on the "Log in" option.  You can now use the digital media available in our Onleihe!

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

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

New in the Onleihe

Audiobooks new in the Onleihe