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.

If this is your first time using 'Mein Goethe.de', you must first create a user account for this service. The registration and use of 'Mein Goethe.de' is free of charge.

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. 


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.

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