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)
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- • 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
Member account access
You are welcome to enjoy materials on-site. Alliance Française members have check out privileges. Check our online catalog or visit us in the médiathèque to consult the media catalog.
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.
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.
- Computer with free Internet access
- Equipment for on-site listening & viewing