Onleihe: The German online library

Ein Mann lehnt aus dem Auto, ein Tablet in seiner Hand, eine Frau schreibt etwas auf ein Blatt Papier auf einem Tisch, neben ihr ein Tablet. Ein Mädchen schaut einen Film, ein Mann liest ein Buch, aus dem ein Kopfhörer rauskommt. © Goethe-Institut. Design: Michael Jabareen.

The Onleihe is the Goethe-Institut's free digital library. You can download around 15,000 German-language e-books, audio books, materials for German learners, magazines and newspapers and watch movies online.

What is the Onleihe?

Anywhere, anytime, free of charge

  • Borrow media - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Available via the Onleihe app and via your browser
  • No library membership required

4 easy steps to get started

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Step 1: Registration

Get a free "Mein" account, if you do not have one yet.
Register now

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Step 2: Activation

Activate your account in "Onleihe" by clicking on "Log in".
Activate now

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Step 3: Download App

Download app from your app store or visit Onleihe in your browser.
Download now

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Step 4: The adventure begins

In the Onleihe app, make sure to choose "Goethe-Institut" as your library and sign in.

Get your Onleihe

See how it works

Onleihe help and support

In Onleihe Help, you'll find step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and FAQs.

If you have difficulties with the activation or with the use, please contact us via our support form. We will be happy to help you! We hope you enjoy browsing through our digital media offering.



Illustration eines Mannes mit lila Haaren und Bart und fragendem Gesichtsausdruck, neben ihm fliegen Fragezeichen. © © Goethe-Institut.  Design: Michael Jabareen. Support Onleihe  © Goethe-Institut. Design: Michael Jabareen.

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