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A woman listens to digital media from the Onleihe service and runs past people waiting at the bus stop in the rain. Illustration: Maria Tran Larsen © Goethe-Institut

Onleihe: The digital library

What is Onleihe? 

The Onleihe is Goethe-Institut’s digital library (eLibrary). More than 23,000 German language eBooks, audio books, movies, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers are available for downloading from the Onleihe. 

Anywhere, anytime, free of charge

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

Who can use the Onleihe?

Anyone with permanent residence outside Germany can use our eLibrary. Online registration is fast and easy. Library membership is not required. 

How do I register?

Depending on your device, you have various options for accessing and downloading media:


Contact by Support-Form

If you have difficulties with the activation or use of our Onleihe, please contact us via our support form or by E-Mail We will be glad to help you! 

We hope you enjoy browsing through our digital media offering. 

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Wie funktioniert die Onleihe-App?

Wie funktioniert die Onleihe-App des Goethe-Instituts?