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Update as of 16.07.2020

Due to the COVID19 situation, the Goethe-Institut Glasgow including its library had to temporarily close its doors to the public and has moved all current activities online. We are working hard on planning a careful return to our building and are aiming for a partial re-opening of the library in September. Until we reopen, all library loans are automatically renewed. There will be no charges for anything on loan until that point.

Our digital library 'Onleihe' is still accessible 24/7! Sign up to our newsletters and follow us on social media to receive information on all our digital offers!

Check out updates from your Glasgow branch!  

Staffed Service Times

Mon - Wed: 16:00 - 18:30
Thu: 11:00 - 18:30
Fri: 09:30 - 12 noon
Sat: 09:30 – 13:30

Self-service Times

Mon - Thu: 09:00 - 21:00
Fri: 09:00 - 16:00
Sat: 09:00 – 13:30


Goethe-Institut Glasgow
3 Park Circus
Glasgow G3 6AX
Tel. + 44 141 3322555

What we offer


Our library is open to the public and you can find an up-to-date and representative selection of media in German language and in translation, reflecting trends and current topics in Germany.


Our digital library Onleihe offers access to more than 20,000 German-language media such as e-books, audio books and music, newspapers, magazines and films, free of charge.

Meet and Practice

Various free events around the topics of German language and culture take place at the Institute on a regular basis. Enhance your knowledge of Germany! All welcome.

Events for Translators

Regular events for emerging and established literary translators of all language combinations.

Book Blog: Literary Tastings

A comparison of German books in translation with recent UK book trends.

Translation funding

Our translation funding programme supports the publication of books by German authors in another language.

Latest news

International Emerging Voices © Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Programme with IFLA
Emerging International Voices

We are looking for young library advocates to share best-practice examples of libraries worldwide engaging with their digital communities. Apply to participate and become a part of an international network!

New Books in German

An expert selection
New Books in German

Reviews of new German-language titles - a selection from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The essential resource for publishers, translators, booksellers and readers.

German Riveter © Axel Scheffler

German Book Recommendations
The German Riveter

Interested in German literature? The “German Riveter” magazine contains a great many recommendations by the European Literature Network! All books mentioned can be found in our library in London or in our digital library – free of charge!