The International English Library was established in 1946 as a British Forces initiative to bridge the gap between nations at war. The Occupation Office thus created “Die Brücke”, which hosted cultural events as well as the library.

As Günther Grass noted in The Tin Drum, “Die Brücke” was known for learning and culture:
“...I educated myself almost free of cost together with thousands wanting to catch up and to educate themselves, took courses in the Volkshochschule, and became a regular in the British Centre, called Die Brücke.”

Over time, Die Brücke saw many changes and budget cuts in the 1990s threatened the closure of the library. It was saved however, by a group of private regular visitors who formed a non-profit organization to be run by volunteers. Together with loyal sponsors, their work continues to make our library the wonderful place it is today!

Since 1999 we have been a volunteer-run organization. Representing Germany, Japan, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and many other countries, our volunteers are as diverse as our readers. With the addition of an elected committee of voluntary members, those who work with us are dedicated to the continuation of our library and we couldn’t do it without them!

Stop in and chat with our volunteers about their favorite book, film or why they choose to spend their time at the library!

Hours and Location

Hours *temporarily closed for moving*

Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday closed
Friday closed
Saturday closed



Kasernenstr. 6
4th Floor
40213 Düsseldorf

Beside the entrance to Heinrich Heine Allee U-Bahn



0211 / 8368963