Our offices (phone service) will be closed on Friday July 3rd. Items are due after the Alliance Française re-opens, at a date to be determined. Fines are waived. Be well


The Brown Médiathèque

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the library and the Alliance Française de Chicago building is closed.


Welcome to the Midwest’s largest private library of French language cultural media. Enjoy a dynamic collection of items for every age, language level, and interest.

Join us for French conversation groups, the book club, author talks, literary events — and much more. Select from a collection of over 18,000 items for all ages and interests. Or sign up for Culturethèque, our free online library — an Alliance Française member benefit!


Mon – Thu 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (closed 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. for lunch)
Friday closed
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday closed

Our collection

  • • Over 18,000 multimedia items
  • • Over 1,500 DVDs
  • • Children’s books, magazines, bandes dessinées and films
  • • Current magazines
  • • Music, audio books and audio magazines
  • • A Reference collection of dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • • French Learning Resources for students and teachers
  • Film script of William Le Baron Jenney, Boston, Paris

Loan guidelines


Borrow up to five Books for one month. Renew them twice for a combined total of up to three months. Late fee: 25 cents per day.


Borrow up to five DVDs for eight days. Renew them twice for a combined total of up to 24 days. Late fee: 2 dollars per day.

Other Items

Borrow up to ten of any other media 16 days. Renew items twice for a combined total of up to 48 days. Late fee: 25 cents per day.


Please email library@af-chicago.org or call (312) 337-5473 and provide your first and last name.


You may return items to the library or leave them with the first floor receptionists.

Other services

  • Computer with free Internet access
  • Equipment for on-site listening & viewing

For inquiries, please call (312) 337-5473 or email library@af-chicago.org