The German library (Bibliothek) landscape is vast, reflecting the high interest in reading and gaining a wide spectrum of general knowledge.
The region is part of the state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), which has had an association since nineteen fourty-seven. The availability of English and other foreign language books and cds in the towns of Ruhr Metropolis appears somewhat sketchy. The contact to a local library can be made by phone or personal appearance.
One terrific example is the central library next to the main railway station in Essen. A large collection of English and other language books is available and they also also have a French library.
Another alternative is the English Library in nearby Düsseldorf, which is a terrific source of print and digital reading materials.