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English Books IN DÜSSELDORF​

Choice is one of the most important aspects of normal life that tends to be missing when expats live in a country with a foreign language. The luxury of alternatives suddenly becomes a habit that came naturally and was often taken for granted.

That holds true especially when it comes to books and films. Yes, streaming movies or ordering books online are great options. But even though English language books may be rare and choice most likely limited in the new location of Düsseldorf, there are options. Nothing beats browsing prior to buying and fortunately it is possible to check out books in Düsseldorf

Centrally located on a corner of the Königallee, one of the Mayersche and Thalia chain of bookstores, Buchhandlungen, sells English language books. Take the opportunity to browse their collection, pause for thought in their reading corner, Lese-Ecke, enjoy a coffee and acquire a taste of purchases before heading out. Online sales are merged with Thalia, also to be found in Düsseldorf. 

Another great option is available on the streets. Glass cabinets overflow with used books in many locations across the city. Fortunately for international residents living locally, English language copies can often be found too. 

By Vincent Green, updated Feb 27 2024

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An extensive selection of English language books are available to expats at the International English Library Düsseldorf. They offer international residents and local Germans a large collection of over twenty thousand books written in English. A cornerstone of local and international relations can also be found here.


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