Onleihe: The Digital Library

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

More than 35,000 German language media to use online. Anytime, anywhere, free of charge. 


What is the Onleihe?

The Onleihe is our German language eLibrary. More than 35,000 digital media including German language books, audio books, movies, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers are available for you to download. Anytime, anywhere, free of charge.The only requirement: permanent residence outside Germany. 

Joining the Onleihe in four easy steps

Books and coloured circles stream out of an e-reader. Illustration: Maria Tran Larsen © Goethe-Institut

Step 4: Enjoy!

Choose ‘Goethe-Institut’ as a library in the Onleihe App and log in using your credentials for My You can now borrow and reserve media. 

Did something go wrong? Here you can find a detailed step-by-step guide for using the Onleihe on different devices:  



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

Support Form
Tel: +44 20 75964040

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