Saturday, 29th April 2017

Library

The Library at the German-Maltese Circle is named after Dorothea von Wendland, the wife of a former German Ambassador, who in the early 1970’s was instrumental in the setting up of a lending and reference library in the former premises of the Circle in Floriana.

General Information

The Library is open on weekdays all year round from 9.00a.m. till 12.30p.m. and from 4.30p.m. till 8.30p.m. Contact us online or Telephone 21246967.

Contents

Section of the Dorothea von Wendland LibraryThe Library has over 5,000 books on its shelves. These are grouped in sections such as Music & Art, History & General Knowledge, Biographies, Poetry, Sport, Cities & Landeskunde, Melitensia, Novels & Prose, Easy Readers, Literature, Religion, Hobbies, Health, Political, General Reference and Didactic. All books except the ones grouped under reference can be borrowed for a specified period of time by members of the German-Maltese Circle and by teachers of German. Besides, the Library is equipped with a more than 1,300 feature and documentary films on DVD, as well as with about 300 audio-Cds including Hörbücher.

The catalogues with detailed information an all titles available at the Library are available on the Library computer and members can browse and search for material from there.

Other Services

Translations: Requests for translations from English or Maltese to German and vice-versa are accepted.

Photocopying: Photocopying (in monochrome) can be made against a small per-sheet charge and subject to copyright restrictions.

Textbooks: Textbooks recommended for use in the German language courses organised by the German-Maltese Circle are on sale from the Library.

Posters: A variety of posters in all sizes are available free of charge upon request. The themes are Germany, its Länder, its culture, its people, its institutions, its art, etc.

Internet: Free WiFi service is available for members.

Audio-visual: Equipment is available for the viewing of DVDs and for listening to CD’s.

Archives

Another section of the Library is the Archive which houses about 900 volumes mostly written in the old Gothic style along with some other old German books. Use of this section is limited to specialised requests. Another section within the Archive is the 16-mm film library which contains a number of documentaries and feature films on reel.

Recommended Reading

Malta in der deutschsprachigen Literatur

Contact Us

Messina Palace, 141 Triq San Kristofru,
Valletta VLT1465, Malta
(+356) 2124 6967

Membership

Permanent and temporary residents in Malta of German or Maltese nationality, not below the age of 18 years of age are eligible for membership to the German-Maltese Circle. Bona fide students between the ages of 14 and 18 are accepted as Junior Members.

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Activities

Dance Performance "Open Waters"

The German-Maltese Circle organises various activities such as exhibitions, film shows, cultural tours, forums, lectures, seminars, concerts, choral performances by visiting German choirs, chanson evenings, social and sports events and in fact, anything which helps to make especially the Maltese public more conscious of German culture and the German way of life.

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Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Image of Coffee and Croissant

Entering through the elegant entrance hall of Messina Palace and situated in a converted arched inner yard is the Circle’s Restaurant & Coffee Shop where patrons gather in informal and cosy surroundings for a coffee break, a lunch or just a quick snack.

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Exhibitions

The German-Maltese Circle’s premises in Valletta is ideal for the holding of exhibitions and in fact Messina Palace is regularly used by Maltese and German artists for this purpose.  Exhibitions can be set up in the restored basement or in rooms situated on the first floor.

One of the Exhibition Rooms

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