Library

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  • View of Library and the word borrow © Goethe-Institut London | Photograph Pau Ros

  • Face of a robot with the word "Find Out" © Goethe-Institut London | Photograph Pau Ros

Our library is a free public place for anyone and everyone to read, work, watch a film, listen to music or just take a coffee break there in a heaven of peace and tranquility. Come and explore contemporary German culture in this open and diverse place where Europe and the rest of the world meet.
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Come To Our Library


New Opening Hours from 22.11.2021

Our Library is accessible while the building is open but our colleagues will be on hand only during service hours.

Self-Service Hours
Mon–Fri 09:00–20:30
Sat 09:00–17:00

Service Hours
Mon–Thu 13:00–18:30

The second Saturday in the month is "Open Samstag" with service, membership applications and guided tours of the Library.
Next Open Samstag: 11.12.2021, 13:00–17:00

The Library will be closed due to special events:
16.11.2021 closed all day

 

We are again offering all our services in-house and look forward to your visit. Our socially distant seating continues to be on offer and we ask visitors to continue wearing a mask when moving around the building.

Find all updates on the current situation of our London branch, sign up to our newsletters or follow us on social media for more information!

Browse through our eLibrary anytime you like for eBooks and audiobooks!

6 People Sitting in a Circle © Goethe-Institut London Foto Pau Ros

Find the Right Balance
Work and Play

For those needing a desk to work or study, the library offers a variety of settings, some with laptop or Ipad. Experiment with our interactive artwork Seat #12.

Robot by the book shelf © Goethe-Institut London

Ask the Experts
Get Information

During Service Hours our staff are happy to answer your questions relating to German language and culture.

Man Reading © Goethe-Institut London | Photo Pau Ros

Practice Makes Perfect
Improve Your German

German as a foreign language is a focus point of our collection. Goethe Institut students, German teachers and A-levelstudents will find a wide choice of materials on offer.

Man standing, reading a book in the Library © Goethe-Institut London | Photo Pau Ros

No German? No Problem!
Discover our English language materials

Non German speakers might be surprised to hear that the library has a wide choice of English language materials. From German novels in translation to subtitled films, we hope to cater for your interests. 

Girl Talking to a Robot © Goethe-Institut London Photo Pau Ros

Experience AI in the Library
Talk with our robot

A robot as a librarian? Learn more about our media collection, get some special recommendations and experience what talking to a humanoid machine feels like.

Read online now

Cover - Onleihe: The Digital Library Illustration: Maria Tran Larsen © Goethe-Institut

Borrow Online 24/7

Our eLibrary "Onleihe" offers access to more than 23,000 German-language media such as eBooks, audio books and music, newspapers, magazines and films, free of charge.

Join Our Events

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Join A Book Club

Explore the work of acclaimed German language authors - sign up for one of our book clubs and join in a discussion.

Translators' Workshop Photo: Steph Morris

Translation Workshops

A regular drop-in peer-to-peer workshop for literary translators between German and English. Contact Steph Morris before joining: 
herr_morris@yahoo.com
 

Find Inspiration

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Europe's place in the world

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