French Institute Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: 020 7871 3545

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About the library

The multimedia library of the Institut français (French Institute) offers wide and varied documentation on France, and especially the works of French and French-speaking authors. With over 60,000 documents it holds one of the largest free-access collection of French material in the UK.

Among the assets of the library are:

  • Contemporary French literature and all aspects of contemporary France
  • A film collection of over 3,500 DVDs (feature and documentary films)
  • A 5,000 strong CD section (music, talking-books)
  • A collection of over 2,000 comic books
  • Physical and on-line access to a large newspaper and magazine collection
  • An Easy French and learning tools section

The Institut français opened in 1910 and is now located in an early 20th century Art Deco style building, also home of the newly-refurbished Ciné-Lumière and a Language Centre. Access to the Library is free and open to all.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials?Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.


French Institute data on Copac

Example record from the French Intitute:

Raymond Queneau, un poète. / [By Queneau, Raymond.]
  Published: Gallimard-Jeunesse 2001

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.