eLibrary
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Goethe-Institut eLibrary Photo: Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

Digital library

With the Goethe-Institut's eLibrary you can download and borrow a wide range of digital media such as eBooks, ePapers, eMusic, eAudios and eVideos.

The eLibrary is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut. This service allows you to borrow digital media, such as ebooks, audio and video files, electronic newspapers and magazines, for a predetermined period of time, by downloading them onto your computer, tablet or eReader.
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Returning media isn't necessary - at the end of the loan period, the media automatically becomes unavailable.

With our eLibrary, borrowing media is at your fingertips 24/7.
  • German newspapers and magazines, e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungDIE ZEITDER SPIEGEL
  • Books for learning German, e.g. Easy Readers
  • Contemporary & Crime fiction, also available as audio books
  • Classic German language literature
  • Children’s and youth literature
  • 14 days for eBooks
  • 7 days for eAudio, eVideo and eMusic
  • 1 day for eMagazines
  • 1 hour for ePapers

Anyone who lives in Vietnam and Campuchia may use the services of our eLibrary.

Be aware:
The eLibrary supports several file formats and almost all popular computers and mobile devices, such as PC, Mac or an eBook-Reader, with an Internet connection. The Kindle, which is only compatible with Amazon-products, is an exception. The use of eLibrary media on Apple and Linux powered devices is very limited because Apple and Kindles have their own digital rights management (DRM), which are not compatible with the eLibrary's DRM, only eBooks in the ePub format can be used at the moment.

Logging in to use our eLibrary is simple:
  1. Log in to your Mein Goethe.de account.  If you don't yet have a Mein Goethe.de account please register for one (registration and use of Mein Goethe.de and the eLibrary are free of charge).

    Our eLibrary is for customers based outside Germany. To use the eLibrary within Germany please contact your local library.
  2. After logging in to Mein Goethe.de, go to the menu option "My eLibrary" and click on the "Log in" option.  You can now use the digital media available in our eLibrary!
The eLibrary supports several file formats and almost all popular computers and mobile devices, such as PC, Mac or an eBook-Reader, with an Internet connection. The Kindle, which is only compatible with Amazon-products, is an exception. The use of eLibrary media on Apple and Linux powered devices is very limited because Apple and Kindles have their own digital rights management (DRM), which are not compatible with the eLibrary's DRM, only eBooks in the ePub format can be used at the moment
Please ensure before registration that your device (PC, smartphone, tablet, e-book reader etc.) fulfills the technical requirements. Refer to the eLibrary website for more information.

The copyright on the media of the eLibrary requires a number of systems to work together. eLibrary is not in charge of all these processes. Therefore, we cannot offer our media to all available systems and devices.

Please note: Amazon's Kindle is a closed system. Kindle owners cannot use the eLibrary.

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Goethe-Institut in your country.

Further information:
FAQ and instruction