Opening Hours

From Tuesday 9th June, you can borrow and return items by appointment only.

Call us on 01534 875655 to make an appointment.

As part of our hygiene protocole, items returns will be disinfected and put aside for 5 days before being returned to their shelves.

Our Collection


comic books (both for adults and children);






books both for adults and children

1/ How to borrow documents?

To borrow documents from the Alliance Française library, you need to be a Member. We offer two kinds of Memberships for the library :

  • The Individual membership costs £25 per year and is valid for one person
  • The Family membership costs £35 per year and is valid for the whole family

Once you have filled in the online registration form and paid the annual fee, you will receive your membership card. Signing up has never been so easy!

Contact us to enquire about payment methods.

2/ Online catalogue

You can browse our catalogue and reserve books or DVDs, see new items and suggestions from our team.

3/ Online library

Culturethèque: a free French language multimedia online library!

Culturethèque is an online platform offering cultural and educational content in French. It offers the best of French culture:

More than 5000 contemporary e-books in French:

  • contemporary novels,
  • French classics,
  • essays,
  • travel and culinary guide books,
  • information about studying in France,
  • rare editions dating from between the 17th and 18th centuries, etc.;
  • audio books,
  • podcasts,
  • recordings of conferences held at the Institut since 1967 (Etienne Balibar, Julia Kristeva, Michel Butor, Patrick Chamoiseau, Pierre Boulez, etc.);
  • French films on VOD,
  • more than 500 French documentary films about major current issues (climate, ecology, immigration, religion, etc.).

What our students say

"Entertaining. Educational. Energetic. Excellent value for money"

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