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The library is open to the general public. Reference use of the library and information centre is free of charge. To borrow books and other materials, you need a valid library membership. To obtain one, simply fill out a membership card and show a proof of ID and address. 

Adult $15 / year
Pensioners, students,
and unemployed persons
$7 / year
Students of the Goethe-Institut Free for one year

Loan periods
  • 4 books, 4 newspapers/magazines and 4 CDs: 4 weeks 
  • 4 DVDs or Videos: one week 

If you cannot bring back the documents during the library opening hours, you may return them at the reception service of the Goethe-Institut.

You can also return your documents outside of our opening hours using our drop chute, situated along our Ontario Street facade. Large format documents have to be returned at the reception during our opening hours.

The loan period may be extended, provided that other library users have not reserved the materials. You can renew your loans per telephone or email (see "Address and opening hours").

Remote Service 
If you live in Ottawa, in the province of Québec outside of the Montreal area or in the Atlantic provinces, you can borrow documents from the Goethe-Institut Montréal library by writing an email to:

The Goethe-Institut will cover the postal charges for the mailing but not for the return.
A computer is at your disposal for searches in our library's catalog and to browse our website ( Computer usage is limited to 15 minutes. Sessions shut down automatically. The use of USB flash drives is not permitted. The illegal or incorrect use of the electronic equipment leads to immediate deprivation of user rights.

There is free wireless internet in the Goethe-Institut. The password is available at the reception.

Loss or Damage
In case of losses or damages to documents you have to cover the costs of replacement.

The user is obligated to respect the copyright as well as data privacy and the existing laws. In case of infraction of those laws the user is held accountable.

The violation of these conditions can result in temporary or permanent deprivation of user rights.