Lending service

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The library is open to the public and reference use of the Library and Information Centre is free of charge. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you can borrow materials. In order to obtain a valid reader's card, please fill in an application form and provide an official document which has your home address on it (driving licence, utility bill etc).

Fees for readers' cards

Library membership fee
12 Months £30
12 Months Concession (OAPs, German teachers,
language assistants, students, school pupils,
Goethe-Institut Language Students FREE

Registration Form
You can register online on our website. Please fill in this form beforehand, to enter the most important data for your registration and to confirm your mail address in advance. Then come to the library within the following 7 days to complete the enrolment process. The library team will also be happy to inform you during a personal visit.

Please read our Data Protection Rules and Consents  and the Library Terms and Conditions before registering.
Library Online Registration

Loan periods
Books, CDs, magazines: 4 weeks
DVDs: 2 weeks 

Self-Checkout System
In the library you can use the Self-Checkout system for borrowing and returning library materials.

Simply follow the instructions on the screen.

The loan period may be extended as long as the material has not been reserved. Renewal of loans can be made via the online catalogue or by contacting the library issue desk.

Language Resource Collection

Are you a teacher looking for materials for use in the classroom? Or have you just started to learn the German language? Then the Goethe-Institut Library is the right place for you! The Deutsch-als-Fremdsprache (DaF) Centre in the Library is exclusively devoted to German language learning and teaching materials.The materials range from games and songbooks for primary school learners, topic folders for A-Level German pupils, and multimedia coursebooks for adult learners, to books on teaching methodology. There is something for every age group and learning level. For students preparing for Goethe-Institut exams, the DaF Centre can provide targeted practice materials, as well as our popular collection of ‘Easy Reader’ texts for improving reading skills.

Feel free to visit us and find out what the DaF Centre has to offer.

Goethe-Institut language students are granted free membership of the Library for the duration of their course.