An annual library membership entitles patrons to borrowing privileges from both our physical library and our eLibrary.
To apply for library membership, we require the following:
- proof of identity (government-issued ID)
- proof of address (on ID or piece of mail addressed to you), telephone number and email address
- student ID, if applicable
If you are under 13 years old, a parent or guardian must co-sign your application.
For members outside of New York City, we offer loans by mail under the following condition: the library will pay to mail items to members, but members are responsible for the cost of return postage, preferrably with tracking.
Annual library membership fees:
- $10 membership fee for the general public
- $5 membership fee for students or senior citizens
- $0 membership fee for students currently enrolled in one of our language courses
For the annual library membership fee, we accept checks payable to Goethe-Institut New York or cash only.
Should you be interested in becoming a member, please return your completed application and a check to the address below:
Goethe-Institut New York
Attn: Library Membership
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
All library members in good standing are entitled to borrow up to 10 items
at a time. All physical media - with the exception of reference works, newspapers and the latest issues of magazines - may be borrowed for a loan period of three weeks. Due to the popularity of our film collection, members may only borrow 5 DVDs at a time.
Depending on the type, digital media may be borrowed from our eLibrary anywhere from one hour to two weeks (learn more about our eLibrary here
There are no fines for overdue material, but members are expected to reimburse the library for lost or damaged material.
Renewals are possible via our Online Catalog
, by phone or email. No need to renew or return digital media such as eBooks - they expire automatically at the end of the loan period.
For members outside of New York City, we offer loans by mail under the following condition: the library will pay to mail items to members, but members are responsible for the cost of return postage.
We neither loan material held by other Goethe-Institut libraries worldwide nor do we request materials from other libraries via interlibrary loan.
Our library subscribes to a number of German newspapers and magazines - both physically and digitally. Here's an up-to-date list of available publications:
Due to space constraints in our space, we do not archive newspapers or magazines - only select issues from the current year are available.