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 is available for the following fees  

  for 6 months per annum
Adults £14 £20
Pensioners, students, school pupils
and unemployed persons
£10 £14

Students enrolled in Goethe-Institut language courses are entitled to free library membership for the duration of their course.
Course participants of the Alliance française and their registered readers pay the concessionary annual rate.

Group membership for schools, colleges and university departments is now available. Please contact the Library for details on group membership generally. 

Loan periods
Books, audio cassettes, CDs: 4 weeks
Videos, DVDs, CD ROMs and magazines (except Spiegel and Stern): 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 now use our online registration form.  Please print out the form, fill in the details and send it back to us. On receipt of your memberhsip card and the appropriate membership fee, we will send you your new library card right away. 


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 a German film magazine which has been published monthly since 1984. In addition to reviews of current films, the magazine also contains feature articles on the personalities who work in the film industry, and information on current films and television programmes. It is currently Germany’s leading magazine for film journalism. 
is a quarterly magazine published by the Institute for Foreign Cooperation, with the support of the German Foreign Office. The magazine is a professional platform for cultural dialog, and discusses a variety of issues, such as European and Foreign policies, the dialog between Europe and Islam, transatlantic connections, national stereotypes, and migrant integration. 
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.