Frequently Asked Questions

The library team team will be happy to help with your query, whether in person, by telephone or e-mail.

Frequently asked questions

If you've got a query about things German you may find an answer right here: have a look at our FAQs.

German Publications can be bought or ordered from the European Bookshop and Grant & Cutler at Foyles: 

European Bookshop
123 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4TE
Tel: +44 20 77345259
Fax: +44 20 73703129

Grant & Cutler at Foyles
107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
Tel: +44 20 74403248

German books can also be ordered online directly from Amazon Deutschland.

German magazines are sold by Harrods, W.H.Smith at Victoria Station, Waterloo and others, and the larger newsagents across the West End. 

German book donations may also be accepted by the following organisations:

Deutsche Schule London
Douglas House, Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AH
Tel: +44 20 89402510

Antiquarian Booksellers Association
6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR
Tel: +44 20 74214681

You will need a Digital Satellite Receiving Box and a Satellite Dish. Some channels are still available via analogue satellite dishes, frequencies and a list of channels can be found on the website of ASTRA.
For specific information contact any local television and satellite installer (in the Yellow Pages) who is a member of the  Confederation of Aerial Industries.  

Unfortunately not all DVDs come with lending rights. We can acquire only those which we are allowed to lend. German DVDs can be ordered from Amazon Deutschland or the European Bookshop. German-language DVDs with English subtitles are available from the British Film Institute or Amazon UK.  

You need to take a translation of your documents (made by a qualified translator or even yourself) to the German Embassy for certification. You can ask a translation agency such as German Accurate Translations to translate such documents: 

German Embassy
23 Belgrave Square,
London SW1X 8PZ 
Tel: +44 20 78241300

German Accurate Translations
81 Chambers Lane,
London NW10 2RN
Tel: +44 20 8459 5023

The German School in Richmond provides education from pre-school age up to year 12. 

Deutsche Schule London
Douglas House, Petersham Road,
Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AH
Tel: +44 20 89402510

The German Saturday Schools teach German language and culture to children aged 3 - 15 in various parts of London and beyond (Bayswater, Croydon, Ealing, Hendon, Islington and Richmond). They are members of the Association of German Saturday Schools.

Heidi & Peter Kindergärten, London:

KISH - The Nature Nursery, Ham, Richmond, London

The German YMCA offers a German-speaking parent-toddler group and After School Club at Lancaster Gate, London:

Forest Hill Kindergarten, South London:

STEPIN, a non-profit organisation promoting student exchanges, offers a number of academic year and home-stay programmes in Germany.

UK-German Connection organise School exchanges between British and German Schools:

The role of the Goethe-Instituts is to provide information about Germany to the inhabitants of the host countries in which they are based. Therefore we are not able to provide assistance with finding accommodation and/or employment for German nationals in London. You can, however, visit our library and use our computers and our WiFi. We can also recommend the website: