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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.

Join us for author talks, literary events, and more!

Library Catalog Membership


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!

OR fill out this questionnaire (click here) about your interests to receive a hand-chosen reading package from our staff! Stop by the Alliance whenever is most convenient for you to pick up your curated collection.

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 early January 2024, the Institut Français will launch a revamped Culturetheque site. New registrations are currently paused. User accounts that expire after December 31, 2023, retain access. A member may need to create a new account after the transition is complete. Members will log in with their email and password. Thank you for your patience during this time of transition!

Questions? Contact the library at [email protected]


Which books do we accept?

Contact us for required pre-approval at [email protected].

  • Maximum 20 books, like-new, and published after 2018
  • In French by French and Francophone authors
  • Also, in English on French topics
  • Especially needed for children and adolescents
  • Exceptions made for rare and special items

We are not able to accept random drop-offs. Thank you for your understanding.

Quels livres acceptons-nous ?

L’autorisation est requise. Contactez-nous à [email protected].

  • Maximum 20 livres, comme neufs, et publiés après 2018
  • En français d’auteurs françis ou francophones
  • Aussi en anglais au sujet de la France et la francophonie
  • Besoin particular pour enfants et adolescents
  • Des exceptions sont possibles pour des choses peu communes

Nous ne pouvons accepter des livres déposés en passant. Merci de votre compréhension.

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

So many choices, let us help! Fill out this questionnaire (click here) about your reading preferences and your level of French and we will curate a personalized package for you to pick up at your leisure.

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!