Lending Service

Library of the Goethe-Institut Glasgow Photo: Goethe-Institut/Carolin Seltz

The library is open to the general public. Reference use of the library is free of charge. To borrow books and other materials, a valid library card is needed. To obtain one, simply fill in an application form and also present proof of address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill, etc).  

Library membership fees per annum  
Adults £20
Pensioners, students, school pupils, teachers of German/teaching assistants,   unemployed persons £14

Goethe-Institut Glasgow language course students
free for the duration of their course

Course participants of the Alliance française and their registered readers pay the concessionary annual rate.

Loan periods
Books, CDs and  magzines (except Spiegel): 4 weeks
DVDs: 2 weeks

The loan period may be extended twice, provided that other library users have not reserved the materials. For renewals, excluding that of magazines:
Tel.: + 44 141 3322555 (during library office hours) 

Extension of loan period

Online Registration Form
You can download our registration form below. Please print out the form, fill in the details and return it to us by email (scan), post or in person. We will issue your new library card right away. Please find further details on our  Terms and Conditions leaflet:

Magazines in the Reading Room

(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.