Manchester's Best french-language resource centre

Whether you are a movie buff, a literature lover, into travel and fashion, or looking to find out more about French language and Francophone culture, there is something in the library for you.

We have a specially-selected collection of contemporary and classic novels, drama, DVDs, magazines, audio books, photo guides, language-learning books, history books, travel books, recipes and graphic novels.

Open to all to browse

The learners' library

The Learners' Library is a special section dedicated to learning resources. You can use it to work on your grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening or speaking skills.

In it there are French manuals, exercise books and guides, but also general interest books about the French language and easy-reader books in French. 

Membership and loans

To take library items home with you, you need to register as a library member. All memberships are valid for one year and entitle you to a range of discounts with our partner organisations and businesses. Find out more about membership here. 

Did you know? When you enrol on a French course with us, you become a library member free-of-charge for one year. Visit our premises to pick up your card and get reading!

Membership type




Students &
Teachers of French


You can borrow up to 4 books for a loan period of 3 weeks and 2 Easy Readers, 2 magazines/newspapers, 2 DVDs  for a loan period of 2 weeks.

You can renew your items over the phone or by emailing us.

Full terms & conditions here.


Free online French library

Access a world of French online resources:

  • audio books, podcasts, and recordings of lectures;
  • over 5,000 e-books: contemporary and classic novels, essays, travel guides and cookbooks, information on studying in France, rare editions from the seventeenth and eighteenth century, and much more;
  • On-demand video of French films and over 500 documentaries on topical issues such as climate change, ecology, immigration and religion.

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125 Portland Street
Manchester M1 4QD

Phone: 0161 2367117
Email us

Office & Library Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm
Fri: 10am-5pm
Closed for lunch: 12:00-1:00pm
Sat. & Sun.: Closed

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