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You can find books, audiovisual media and information about Germany here. You can do research on an iPad or computer, borrow German and English media, relax in the lounge area or use the Boothbox as your private working space.

Gamebox © Earl Abrahams


Games are part of our culture! Discover digital games from Germany and Sub-Sahara Africa, visit one of our induction events or come to the afternoon game sessions.  The Gamebox will also host curated gaming events.

Hub © Goethe-Institut/Benjamin Keuffel


The Goethe-Institut’s new Hub offers creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to secure a space in an inspirational environment for six months. Look out for the call for applications, which will appear regularly on our website.

What we offer


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


The eLibrary is a digital service offered by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg library for South Africa 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.


We work in partnership with other libraries, library associations, training centres and institutions in Germany and abroad to promote professional dialogue and exchange. In South Africa we organise conferences, seminars and information exchange programmes, in partnership with library institutions LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) and EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries).

We cooperate with partners to support literary projects and publishers. In addition to the collaborative work with projects like Nal’ibali, African Storybook, FunDza or Book Dash, we support publishers in preparation for a visit to the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. We work together with Short Story Day Africa and bring authors from sub-Saharan Africa to Johannesburg and important literary festivals in South Africa as part of our Literary Crossroads series.

We place particular emphasis on supporting projects for digital inclusion and promote digital competencies, e.g. the initiative mLiteracy or the intensive collaboration with Wikipedia (Wiki Meet-ups, Wiki loves Women).

Die A Maze Train Jam 2019 Teilnehmer vor dem Zug © Hankyeol Lee

A Maze Train Jam

A flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes a good two hours. A train ride? At least 27 hours, without air conditioning. Why would anyone want to do that, especially in South African summer?

Coding Da Vinci Logo © Goethe-Institut

Coding Da Vinci

The Goethe-Institut is offering experts in the fields of Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums, IT and Design the opportunity to participate in a networking trip to Germany. The participants will get to know new developments in the field of open cultural data, network with each other and with cultural institutions in Munich and participate in the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci (6–7 April 2019). 

Wiki Loves Women © Wiki Loves Women

Wiki Loves Women

There are countless influential women who have shaped Africa’s countries and societies. But few African women enjoy exposure on internationally relevant online databases such as Wikipedia. WikiAfrica and the Goethe-Institut intend on tackling this issue with the Wiki Loves Women project.

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Literary Crossroads

Literary Crossroads is a series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and themes prevalent in their literatures today.