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French Library and Cultural Center

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Founded over 50 years ago, the French Library and Cultural Center, the largest institution of its kind in New England, houses an impressive collection of French books (30,000 volumes), periodicals, films, audio and video cassettes. In addition to the extensive library, the Center offers year-round programs including language classes, lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, and art exhibitions. Their mission is to promote French language and culture by serving and educating the culturally diverse Francophone and Francophile communities of Boston and New England.

The librarians are at your service for information, advice and answers by e-mail, fax, telephone, correspondence and in person. The library's strengths are to be found in the humanities, particularly in social studies, literature and literary criticism (French and Francophone), history and the cinema. Its reference services are supported by a substantial collection of current and reliable resources. Reading rooms, reference books and stacks are open to the general public for consultation and browsing. To have the privilege and responsibility of borrowing books/ magazines/ cassettes or videos, however, one must become a member.

Membership Benefits

  • Library borrowing privileges
  • Reduced admission to cultural programs
  • Subscription to a bi-monthly newsletter, Le Bibliophile
  • A 10 % discount on all books at Schoenhof's Foreign Books
  • A 15% discount at all Globe Corner Bookstores
  • A reduced parking rate (with validation) at the Back Bay Garage

Annual Membership Fees

  • Individual: $40/ year (Full membership benefits with one card.)
  • Student /Senior: $25/ year (Full membership benefits with one card.)
  • Family: $50/ year (Full membership benefits for two adult and minor children living at the same address. Expanded library borrowing privileges.)
  • Friend: $100/ year (Family benefits plus 20% discount on one French course. 2 tickets to Ciné Club 2. Tickets to the Bastille Day Street Dance. A complimentary subscription to France magazine.)
  • Academic: $45/ year (Academic Memberships offer services to local schools and universities. Please contact Elizabeth Szostak-Clerc, Education Coordinator.)
  • Corporate $1000+/ year (Please contact the Membership Department.)

Membership registration may be accomplished online or by mail.

Address: 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116-2099
Phone: (617) 912-0400; fax #: (617) 266-1780
E-mail:,, (or)
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Library Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, Monday, all Massachusetts holidays, Saturdays in July, and July 25 through Labor Day (first Monday in September).
Cultural Center Administrative Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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