The digital library

Onleihe

The Onleihe is Goethe-Institut’s digital library (eLibrary). You can download about 20,000 German-language eBooks, audio books, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers, and watch films online.

German Cinema

Discover over 100 films in our Onleihe and stream for free! For streaming the films you need a computer.

Illustration: Menschen auf Sofas vor einem riesigen Laptop und einem riesigen Bildschirm. © Goethe-Institut

Anywhere, anytime, free of charge

With our Onleihe you can borrow media 24 hours a day, 7 days a week simply by pressing a button. A return is not necessary. After the end of the loan period, the file can no longer be accessed.
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Anyone with permanent residence outside Germany can use our eLibrary. Online registration is fast and easy. Library membership is not required. 

After registration and activation, you can use the Onleihe media on your PC, laptop and mobile devices (Android and iOS), anytime and anywhere.

Just a few steps to borrowing

To use the Onleihe, a one-time registration is required via our website at My Goethe.de. If you do not yet have an account on our website, please register. Registration and use of the media are free of charge. After logging in, click the menu item "My eLibrary" and then click “Register”. Open the Onleihe website once to complete the activation process.

Visit our digital library "Onleihe" and borrow an item from the collection. You can now read borrowed e-books, e-papers and e-magazines directly in your browser. More information in the Onleihe help pages.

Download the app from your app store to use Onleihe on your smartphone.
Open the app after installation.

Login to Onleihe

Open the menu of the Onleihe app (three bars at the top left).
  • Select Goethe-Institut as your library.
  • Log in with your My Goethe.de login credentials.

Download media

You are now logged in! Select the menu item "Browse" to search for and download media.

Accept terms of use

When you download a medium for the first time, you will automatically be asked to agree to the privacy policy and the terms of use. Please confirm your agreement.

Adobe-ID

We recommend reading eBooks, eMagazines and ePapers with the internal reader of the Onleihe app! If you want to read eBooks, eMagazines and ePaper with an external reader app (such as Aldiko, BlueFire or PocketBook), you will need an Adobe ID. The first time you download a medium, you must enter your Adobe ID once. If you do not yet have an Adobe ID, you can get one free of charge. You do not need to enter your Adobe ID for all further media downloads.

For information on using the Onleihe on e-readers, please consult the Onleihe help pages:

Onleihe help and support

You will find step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks and FAQs on the ​​​​​​​If you have difficulties with the activation or with the use of the Onleihe, please contact us via our support form. We would be happy to help you.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our digital media collection.

Onleihe

Logo der Onleihe

Would you like to read German-language e-books and newspapers, listen to audio books, watch films online or search for materials for learners of German? Install the Onleihe app on your smartphone.

Would you like to read German-language e-books and newspapers, listen to audio books, watch films online or search for materials for learners of German? Install the Onleihe app on your smartphone.

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