German Language

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This guide points you to some of the Library's main resources that will support the German language classes on campus and so focuses on resources to help learn German, as well as resources that are IN German.

Language Dictionaries

Grammars & Workbooks

Linguistics, language

Full-Text E-book Collections:

  • Books/Bücher: A Directory of Online and Other Sources of Books in German (not all link to free sites)
  • Free German e-books This free page of a German e-book store offers a few titles, mostly as PDF files.
  • New  ngiyaw eBooks. Hard to find German works and authors are featured here, especially by and/or about women. Available in various formats.


  • Summon (search box on Library home page) is a good place to start any search: it contains references to most of the Library's holdings
  • Do a search by keyword(s) 
  • On your search results page you can use the filters in the left column to limit by
    • Content Type to find books, articles, videos etc
    • Language: choose German to find only sources written in German

Other Subject specific Databases 

In the above databases most of the articles will be written in English. If you want to only find articles written in German, look for the option on your search results screen to limit by language and choose German. (You can ususally do your search using English keywords since these databases often translate titles into English and sometimes translate abstracts as well).

If the Library does not subscribe to the German language journal articles you find you can use RACER, our online interlibrary loan service,  to order a pdf copy.

News Databases

  • Factiva: for full-text news articles from around the world, including many German newspapers. You can limit to a particular news source or search all sources from a particular region, country, or city. Don't forget to change the language to German: 
    factiva main search screen showing search options for finding German language news
  • PressReader: Lets you read full image versions of newspapers and magazines. Download the optional App to save and read issues offline. You can also search for articles by keyword. Can browse by country or language (there are over 300 German publications!)
    PressReader front page showing German publications

Videos in our Collection 

  • You can borrow DVDs from the Library's collection for 3 days at a time (with 2 renewals).
  • You can pre-book a video for a specific date by using the "Book this Title" button in the catalogue
  • You can search for videos that are either in German or have German subtitles by doing a keyword search on the advanced search screen of our catalogue and choosing to limit to just the film/video collection and limiting the language to German.
    TIP: to browse ALL films in German or with German subtitles use * as your keyword:
    advanced search screen of library catalogue showing limits to film/video collection and language=german

Online Videos

Where to find foreign films in Ottawa:


Content last reviewed: March 21, 2019