French Institute

Contact details

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French Institute

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:

  • Collection strengths in 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.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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