We offer ‘Mail and collect’ and ‘Mail and return’ services, although we are closed.
From Tuesday, 1 December media can be borrowed and returned in our library.

‘Mail and Collect’ allows you to pick up the material chosen by you online and is offered to
-Current online course participants who have completed their Library Online Registration Procedure*.
-Patrons who held annual / 6 months library membership in March 2020

Take a look at How to order media online.

‘Mail and Return‘allows you to return media issued before the lockdown. 

OPAC – Online Public Access Catalogue
We recommend that all library members activate their OPAC -Account.
Learn how to register and activate personalised OPAC
To know more about OPAC visit OPAC Usage 

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to borrow media again.
Do mail us if you would like reading tips or if you have any further queries.
Stay safe! We hope to see you again soon.

*Library Online Registration is presently only available to current online course participants at Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai.

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You will find a selection of media in German language and in translation in the library: books, magazines, films, music, apps and games. Find out more about current topics and trends, and get to know Germany.

What we offer


We are temporarily closed due to the current situation. However from Tuesday 1 December, we are offering new services that allow you to borrow or return media. Check out ‘Mail and Collect’ and ‘Mail and Return’. 


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


The eLibrary is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in India which allows you to borrow digital media. 


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.

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Take one, give one

An initiative by the Library @ Goethe-Institut Chennai

TG1 @GI Chennai

,,Take one, give one" provides not only an easy access to books but also an opportunity for people to share books that have made a difference in their lives.

Bring in any book you have finished reading, leave it on the shelf for other people to read and take a new one that interests you.
Let us celebrate books and the love of reading.