Library of the Goethe Institute Sofia, Bulgaria – a german community incubator

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant at Gladsaxe Public Libraries, Denmark.

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The Goethe Institute promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.

It is a network Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres.

The building dates back to 1904 which makes for accessibility challenges in the design and lay out in the building. The staff and management however were working on making entrances and facilities more accessible. Being built on top of a roman ruin, makes for difficult building processes but they were aware of the problems and committed to finding solutions.

The library of the Goethe Institute in Sofia has a Broadway range of services and activities.

When I visited a school class was there with their german teachers playing board games in german.

The library buzzed with the lively interaktion between the students and library staff, that was very obviously enjoyed by both.

The teachers told us they would come by regularly and also check out books in german to bring back to the class room.

After class the students would be permitted to play computergames (in german).

The library works with the language department on training, classes and exams in german language.

They also offer board games, coding workshops, festivals and events in german.

For a small library they have an impressing number of services!

If you are in the area, don’t miss the roman ruins across the street and the many beautiful pieces of street art that are everywhere in Sofia.


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