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6 Exciting Activities at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library

Lotrlibrary.com –  “Various comprehensive information about Germany can be obtained by visitors to the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library. “The process of getting to know and understand Germany is not only through our book collection, but also through various other media which allows for pleasant interactions between library visitors,” said Nathalie Sugondho, Head of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library Section.

Interior of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
Interior of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

In contrast to most public libraries in Indonesia, the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library does not only present a collection of books. There are also other media that can support learning and knowledge about Germany, ranging from DVD films, music CDs, magazines, board games , to video games.

There is no charge for using media in the library. However, if you want to borrow media from home, visitors who live in Jabodetabek can become members with a registration fee of IDR 50,000 per year.

The following are six activities that can be done at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library:

1. Enjoy thousands of book collections

Various book collections at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
Various book collections at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

The Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library has a collection of around 5,000 physical books and magazines in German as well as translations in Indonesian and English. The book collection in this library includes various novels, classic works, non-fiction books, and children’s books with varying themes. In addition, there is a lot of actual material available for practice and preparation for German language exams.

2. Play Video Games with Latest Consoles

Playing Video Games in the Gaming Lounge (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
Playing Video Games in the Gaming Lounge (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

One of the facilities that is popular with many people is the Gaming Lounge. In this room, visitors can play various video games which are provided free of charge. There is a diverse collection of the latest game consoles, from Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, to HTC Vive Pro Virtual Reality (VR). The Gaming Lounge can be accessed by two people in one room for a maximum of two hours. Visitors must make a reservation in advance viabit.ly/WAperpusgoetheto use this room.

3. Watch German films at Mini Kino

Mini Kino on the 2nd floor of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
Mini Kino on the 2nd floor of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

The Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library also has a Mini Kino—a small cinema on the 2nd floor—which visitors can use to watch popular German films which are quite difficult to find on film streaming services or Indonesian cinemas. There are more than 800 DVDs of German films with various genres that can be watched directly at Mini Kino or borrowed to watch at home.

4. Listen to Hit German Musician Songs

German music CDs can be listened to from the CD player at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
German music CDs can be listened to from the CD player at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

Library visitors can reminisce about listening to songs directly from the CD player. There are around 330 German music CDs which are updated every year. Apart from being able to listen to the latest songs, visitors can also practice their German vocabulary listening skills here.

5. Playing a collection of board games

A selection of board games at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
A selection of board games at the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

Playing board games is an activity that is synonymous with the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library. There is a collection of more than 40 board games that are both entertaining and educational. Before the pandemic, Spieletag or Playing Day was regularly held every Friday. This is an exciting moment because visitors can make their voices louder and enjoy the excitement. However, during the pandemic, board games can only be borrowed to play at home.

6. Accessing Services via the BibToGo Application

BibToGo application initiated by Goethe-Institut Jakarta (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)
BibToGo application initiated by Goethe-Institut Jakarta (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

The latest innovation by the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library is a digital library card application called BibToGo. This application was initiated in 2019 and has been used by at least 37 Goethe-Instituts around the world and will continue to grow. BibToGo has also won the Zukunftsgestalter in Bibliotheken 2021 award. To support environmentally friendly movements, since the launch of the BibToGo application, members of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta Library no longer use plastic membership cards. Not only as a digital membership card, BibToGo also provides services such as a media catalogue, membership account access, and a QR code scanner that can be used interactively to search for media in the library.

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