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Library-Gamebox-Hub is open again!

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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.

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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 work together with Short Story Day Africa and bring authors from sub-Saharan Africa together as part of our series Virtually Yours. 

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, Decolonize the Internet).

Mogau's Kingdom © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Mogau's Kingdom

This free, fun, engaging edutainment game gets young children excited about reading. It brings to life exciting, colourful characters from Book Dash’s free online library of African storybooks by creatively adapting characters from their open access books.

Hack UR Culture © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Hack Ur Culture - Hackathon

“Hack Ur Culture” is a platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations from open cultural data.

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?

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Decolonise the Internet

"Decolonise The Internet" questions inequality in the world wide web and highlights how algorhythms aggravate racisms. The regional project aims to increase knowledge and visibility for African and Womxn issues on the web.

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Silent Book Club

Silent Book club is about meeting other like-minded readers, chatting about what other people are reading and then reading together in companionable silence.