Our public library stocks a representative and up-to-date selection of media in both German and English, keeping you informed about latest trends and current issues in Germany.
We hold special collections in our main areas of German as a foreign language, contemporary literature, film and art and contemporary history. Amongst which you will find apart from books also feature films and documentaries (with English subtitles), as well as music CDs and audio books.
(literally “The Time “or “Times”) is a national weekly newspaper that is highly respected for its quality journalism. The paper is considered to be highbrow. Its political direction is centrist and liberal, but has oscillated a number of times between slightly left-leaning and slightly right-leaning. Die Zeit often publishes dossiers, essays, third-party articles and excerpts of lectures of different authors emphasising their points of view on a single aspect or topic in one or in consecutive issues.
(english "The Mirror") is a German weekly news magazine, published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of more than one million. Der Spiegel is similar in style and layout to American news magazines such as Time or Newsweek. In terms of the breadth and amount of detail in its articles it is comparable to the Atlantic Monthly. It is known in Germany for its distinctive, academic writing style and its large volume—a standard issue may run 200 pages or more.
is the largest women's magazine of Germany, with a circulation of around 800,000 and an estimated readership of 3,6 million. Published every two weeks, the magazine was established in 1954 in West Germany, and deals with a variety of themes including fashion, culture, psychology, partnerships, medicine, the environment, careers and politics.
is part of a family of educational monthly magazines which are published by the Gruner Verlag in Hamburg. Similar to the National Geographic magazine, it focuses on themes as diverse as science, medicine, biology, politics and travel, and is known for its profound reports, which are accompanied by opulent pictures.
Deutsch perfekt is the perfect combination of professional journalism and successful language training. Every month the magazine offers a versatile mix of short articles and longer news stories, interesting interviews and controversial discussions, travel recommendations and practical tips for work, university and everyday conversations. Economics, career, politics, culture, entertainment, sports, tourism and everyday life in Germany – not forgetting Austria and Switzerland. Also included are useful explanations and exercises on German vocabulary and grammar.
(english "Your Mirror") is a monthly German magazine aimed at children aged between 8 and 14. The magazine provides news in an appealing and educative way mirror those in Der Spiegel, but they are offered in an age-appropriate manner and entertaining and educational way. Topics covered include stories of politics, economics, nature and technology, culture, sport and people in Germany and other countries. Jokes, comics and puzzles add the fun factor.
The library is open to the general public. Reference use of the library is free of charge. To borrow books and other media a valid library card is needed.
Registration for Membership
You can register online on our website. Please fill in the "Online Registration" form beforehand, to enter the most important data for your registration and to confirm your mail address in advance. Then please come to the library within the following 7 days to complete the enrolment process. Please bring along current proof of address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill, etc) and, if applicable, proof for concessionary* rate. This will enable us to issue your new library card right away.
And, of course, you can also register in person during a visit to the library.
*Pensioners, students, school pupils, the unemployed and course participants / registered readers of the Alliance Française
*Goethe-Institut Glasgow Language Course Students
*Teachers of German/Teaching Assistants
Books, CDs and magazines: 4 weeks
DVDs and board games: 2 weeks
In the library you can use the Self-Checkout system for borrowing, extending and returning library materials.
Simply follow the instructions on the screen.
The loan period may be extended twice (except magazines), provided that other library users have not reserved the materials. Renewal of loans can be made anytime via the online catalogue, with our self-service-kiosk in the library or by contacting the library issue desk during staffed service times.