Lending Service

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

the new library catalogue (opac)

In the Online Library Catalogue you can browse titles around the clock and get an overview of the books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and electronic resources that are held in our library.
To reserve media, save your search results in a list or to manage your current loans, you need to register to create a personal account.

After initial registration you can enjoy Direct Account Login.

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, unemployed persons £14

Goethe-Institut Glasgow Language Course Students
Teachers of German/Teaching Assistants

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

Loan periods
Books, CDs and magazines: 4 weeks
DVDs and board games: 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
Please download and print out our registration form below. Fill in the details and return it to us in person along with the appropriate membership fee. We will issue your new library card right away.

Magazines in our Welcome 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.
(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.
(english "Courier") is a monthly German magazine aimed at children from 9 years of age. Child-friendly reports about foreign countries, sports, computers, experiments as well as current topics are covered in each edition.