Service Foto: Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias


What we offer

Reading Room

The Goethe-Institut Chicago has a small reference library.

Events for School Classes

Show us how you teach or visit the Goethe-Institut Chicago with your German Class!

Further offers


The eLibrary is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut New York for the USA. This service allows you to borrow digital media for a predetermined period of time.

Film Archive

Our collection contains over 1090 titles on digital formats (DVD and blue ray). The films can be rented for non-commercial screenings by cinematheques, film clubs, film festivals, and other cultural and educational institutions. Please note that the standard is PAL – you would need a multistandard DVD-player.  

Translation funding

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

Promotion materials

If you are planning a “German Day” or another event to advertise German language study at your school, we will be happy to send you promotional materials such as posters, buttons, stickers, pencils, and flyers.

“Ehrenurkunde” awards program

Ehrenurkunden for High School and College students