The Goethe-Institut London will stay closed over the summer. During this time, we will work hard on making the library a safe place for you to return to in autumn.
All library loans have been renewed until 1 October 2020 and there will be no charges for anything on loan until that point.

Find all updates on the current situation of our London branch!

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

NEW Library Opening Hours

Library Open  
Mon–Fri 09:00–20:30
Sat 09:00–17:00
Sun closed
Library Reception Desk  
Mon–Thu 13:00–18:30
Every 2nd Sat of the month  13:00–17:00


Difference Between Opening Hours and Library Reception Desk Hours

Our opening hours have changed! To allow our readers to use the library outside library reception desk hours, our library doors are now open for longer.

During these hours you can work, study and read in the Library, use our laptops and meet friends. Members can borrow and return materials using the RFID self check kiosk. Please note, at certain times parts of the library may not be accessible. 
If you want to join as a library member, if you need information about the collection or about Germany please visit during service hours of the library reception desk.

What we offer


The library is open to the public and use of books and media in the library is free of charge.


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.

Translation funding

Our translation funding programme supports the publication of books by German authors in another language.

Service for librarians

Events, specialist information and cooperation services for librarians.

Latest news

New Books in German

An expert selection
New Books in German

Reviews of new German-language titles - a selection from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The essential resource for publishers, translators, booksellers and readers.

Bücherwand © CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

Exploring the work of acclaimed German-language authors
Book Clubs at the Goethe-Institut London

You're interested in exploring new worlds through interesting books? Come along to one of our book clubs and join in a discussion.The book clubs are free of charge, and take place in the bright and comfortable rooms of the Goethe-Institut London Library - or online.

Our media collection

What People Say About Us

Feedback about the library from visitors of Exhibition Road Festival in London The visitors of Exhibition Road Festival 2019 in London left us heartwarming notes.