Onleihe is the e-Library of the Goethe-Institut.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.Visit our Website and rummage in our continually increasing media choice.
Every person who is interested, who lives in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan or Korea, and who is registered with our virtual library, can use the services of the Onleihe.
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, 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 Goethe.de' 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.
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.Online-Form
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
- 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
- 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)
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.
Please make sure that your eBook reader is compatible.