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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 problems with activation or use, please contact us via the support form. We would be happy to help you! 

We hope you enjoy browsing through our digital media collection. 

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German cinema

Watch over 100 films for free in our elibrary!

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Interesting Films for You in the Onleihe - for free!

You don't know which film to choose in our Onleihe? We made a pre-selection of precious gems and popular films in German for you - a lot of them with English subtitles!
Get to know Germany through its films: Discover literature, strong women, heart-warming children's stories, German humour, art, culture and LGBTQIA+ in all its colours!

Our Libraries

Do you have any questions?
We will be happy to answer them in one of our libraries.