Library & Médiathèque
The Brown Médiathèque / New & Off The Shelf
Welcome to the Midwests largest private library of French language cultural media.
Enjoy a dynamic collection of items for every age, language level and interest.
For questions, please contact:
or call (312) 337-5473 (312 337-LIRE).
- Over 18,000 multimedia items
- Over 1,500 DVDs
- Childrens 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
- NEW Film Script · William Le Baron Jenney, Boston, Paris, Chicago, is available here in Word format, in English translation from its original, in French.
Check our online catalog
or come in the the médiathèque to consult the media catalog.
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.
DVDs: 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 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 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.
Renewals: firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 337-5473 (312 337-LIRE). Please provide your first and last name.
Returns: You may return items to the library or leave them with the first floor receptionists.
New resources for learners
and teachers of French:
- Mon. through Thu.: 11:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- (Please note that the Médiathèque will close for lunch
Mon.–Thu. from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
- Friday: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
- The Library and Alliance close for Winter Break and select major holidays.
Special holiday hours:
Wed. Nov. 26 – Sat. Nov. 29: CLOSED
Normal hours resume Dec. 1
Sat. Dec. 20 – Sat. Jan. 3: CLOSED
Normal hours resume Jan. 6
- Computer with free Internet access
- Equipment for on-site listening & viewing of materials
- TV5 French television viewing area:
- Located in the school lounge on the second floor of the Chicago Building
- Available whenever the Alliance is open
Your French digital libraryCULTURETHÈQUE
Culturethèque is our new French online library, and it's FREE for Alliance Française members.
This valuable resource contains hundreds of e-books, magazines, children's titles, videos, podcasts, and learning resources. From a personal computer, tablet or smartphone, access your favorite magazines as they hit newsstands. Or come by the library and use our iPad!
To access Culturethèque:
1 · Register here (Subscribe/Inscrivez-vous)
2 · Receive confirmation by email
3 · Get temporary access to Culturethèque until your membership is confirmed.
Please note: To read an e-book on a computer you will need ADOBE DIGITAL ED. Tablets and smartphones: Bluefire Reader. iphone/ipad: Numilog Reader. Activate Java for videos.
Click here to install Adobe® Digital Editions
Audio recordings of select Alliance Française programs
Find out more!