The Library specializes in materials on contemporary France. The Library plays a key role in supporting and promoting cultural and pedagogical activities, as well as providing its members with a window on contemporary France. Visitors may consult materials onsite and our members may borrow materials. The Library catalog may be consulted via the internet. In addition to an excellent collection of over 30,000 books, the bright and sophisticated new space now houses a state-of-the-art médiathèque , with a 1,500-title video and DVD collection, CD-ROMs, contemporary and classical music, as well as over 100 magazines and newspapers that cover all areas of contemporary French culture. Its Dillon Family Centre de Ressources provides users with a wide range of informational services. The Alexandre & Jacques Leviant Centre d'Auto-Apprentissage provides a valuable adjunct to the teaching activities of the Language Center at the French Institute Alliance Française. Young readers can delight in the materials and services to be found in the John & Francine Haskell Espace Jeunesse. The new Library looks forward to meeting the informational and recreational needs of our members well into the 21st century. If you are interested in learning about France for your personal, professional, recreational or educational needs, let the Library be your guide to this fascinating culture.
January 2006: The French Institute Alliance Française has a New Look ... a New Life ... a New Building! After nearly two years of renovations, expansions, and modernizations, we are back in our Beaux Arts building at 22 East 60th Street, and the Library is back too! Our library, cherished by members, was not altered during renovation. Though the look of the library remains unchanged, we proudly announce that it has a new name, The Haskell Library, honoring long-time patrons John and Francine Haskell. Under the leadership of Katharine Branning, expect NEW LIFE with an expansion of library programs and literature-related events. – less–ZoomInfo