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.

“Ehrenurkunde” awards program

Ehrenurkunden for High School and College students