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Welcome to the largest private library of French language media in the Midwest! Members of the Alliance Française de Chicago can borrow from our dynamic collection of over 18,000 items (including books, films, magazines, audiobooks, and more) for all ages.

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Our library has partially reopened! We’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., which includes Curbside Service.

To use Curbside Service, email us with your selections by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, then stop by our Dearborn entrance on Saturday to pick up your materials!

While members have borrowing privileges on-site and on our eLibrary, the Culturethèque, non-members can still peruse and enjoy our materials on-site during open hours.


In addition to our on-site library items, Alliance Française members have access to the Culturetheque digital library. Browse thousands of books, music, magazines and more to find the perfect genres for you!

How to find items in our Library

Looking for your next (or first-ever!) French book, magazine, or movie? Here are a few different ways to find items in our library:


You can peruse our extensive library, or médiathèque, on-site during open hours. Our staff can help you find what you’re looking for — and they know all the best hidden gems to check out!

Consult the virtual catalog

Visit our virtual library catalog to select items, then send us the titles and call numbers at [email protected]. We’ll set your selections aside for you to pick up either on-site or using Curbside Pickup.

Librarian recommendations

Have a hard time choosing the perfect book or movie? Let us pick for you! Send us an email at [email protected] with a few of your interests and we will carefully curate a selection for you.


We currently accept only a limited quantity of books with prior authorization of the librarian. Which books?

Only recent books in excellent condition, principally those in French by French­­ and Francophone authors. Some exceptions for specific books in English. The library already carries most of the classics. Right now, we accept only contemporary fiction (2018 or after), and books for children and adolescents, no more than twenty at a time. Please contact the librarian directly at [email protected]. Books deposited without prior authorization and non-book items are not accepted. Thank you for your understanding.

Nous pouvons accepter une quantité limitée de donations de livres et avec l’autorisation de la médiathécaire. Quels livres?

Des livres en français d’auteurs français ou francophones en excellents condition. Comme la bibliothèque possède déjà une très grande collection, nous devons limiter les dons aux livres publiés à partir des années 2018, en quantité maximum de vingt livres, et avec l’autorisation de la médiathécaire. En ce moment, nous acceptons : fiction récent (après 2018) et livres pour enfants et adolescents. Nous vous demandons de passer par la médiathécaire pour en savoir plus: [email protected]. Nous ne pouvons accepter des livres déposés en passant. Merci de votre compréhension.

Les Détails

Members can sign up for a library account on-site at our lending desk or by emailing us at [email protected].

How to use Culturethèque:

Prefer not to come into the library? No worries! We offer Curbside Service every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at our entrance, located at 810 N. Dearborn St.

Simply email us with your selections by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before Curbside Service. À bientôt !

You can return items to the Library or leave them with the first floor receptionist.

All items can now be checked out for 60 days and renewed twice. Late fees are $2 per day for DVDs, and 25 cents per day for books and all other media.

If you need to renew an item, please email us or call (312) 337-5473 and provide your name and the selections you’d like to renew.

Francophone Staff Selections

Looking for recommendations from our Library staff? Take a look at these great selections from around the Francophone world!