Use of Onleihe on desktop or laptop

Books, clapperboards and coloured circles stream out of a laptop. Illustration: Maria Tran Larsen © Goethe-Institut

On this page we show you how to use the Onleihe digital library containing more than 35,000 German language media on your PC or laptop. More information about our Onleihe collection of media is available here.


Step 1: Mein

To use the Onleihe, a one-time registration is required via our website at My If you do not yet have an account on our website, please register.

Registration and use of the media are free of charge.

Step 2: Activate Onleihe

After logging in, click the menu item "My eLibrary" and then click “Log in”. 

Activate Onleihe

Step 3: Download software

To download and open digital media from the Onleihe, you first have to install the “Adobe Digital Editions” software on your PC or laptop. The use of the software is free.

Adobe Digital Editions

Step 4: Download a medium

Access our "Onleihe" digital library and borrow a medium from our collection.


Step 5: Log-in

When downloading the medium, you are prompted to log into My Make sure that you are activated for the Onleihe (Step 1) and enter your login data for My

Step 6: Adobe ID

Desktop Adobe Onleihe © Onleihe
The first time you open the downloaded medium, you are prompted to enter your “Adobe ID”. To do so, select “Adobe ID” from the drop-down menu and enter your login data for “Adobe ID”.  

If you do not have an “Adobe ID”, please create one. 

Create Adobe ID

Your Onleihe is now ready to use. If you have problems with activation or use, please contact us via the support form. We would be happy to help you!