The Library of French Thought

The Library of French Thought

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The Library of French Thought

Michael Arrigo

Monday 10 – 4

Tuesday 9-12; 1-4

Wednesday 10 – 12; 1-5

Thursday 1-4


Thursday February 6, 12:30 – 3:30

Tuesday February 11, 10:30 – 4:30

The library is always closed on university holidays.

4229 Dwinelle Hall


View our catalogue here

Please use this form to check out library materials

You must be a UC Berkeley student enrolled in French 4 or higher to check out books from the main collection. French 1 students may check out a magazine and French 2 students may check out a magazine or a French 2 book for the reading assignment.


Course reserve materials are behind the front desk. Please ask for assistance in using them.


Cell phone use is strictly prohibited and conversations are expected to be brief and conducted in whispers.

Student who need reference help, day or night, can always use the Ask A Librarian service. It’s live research help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Ask A Librarian is a consortium of reference librarians from over 1,400 institutions.


Recent Acquisitions/Books by our faculty:
Instituer un art : politiques du th√©√Ętre dans la France du premier XVIIe si√®cle. Prof. D√©borah Blocker. PN 2632

Fictions of embassy : literature and diplomacy in early modern Europe. Prof. Timothy Hampton. PN 56.D55

All about Almodóvar : Brad Epps and Despina Kakoudaki, editors. Ulysse Dutoit. PN 1998.3.A46

Derrida and the time of the political. Edited by Pheng Cheah and Prof. Suzanne Guerlac. JC 261.D44

Insult and the making of the gay self. Didier Eribon ; translated by Prof. Michael Lucey.
HQ 76.25

and a book edited by one of our former grad students:

Rwanda. Récit du Génocide, Traversée de la mémoire: Pensée et les Hommes/ Dossier par Jean-Pierre Karegeye et Jacques Ch. Lemaire en collaboration avec la Commission nationale de Lutte contre le Génocide/Rwanda.


Leisure Reading
Thanks to a generous donation by Steve Snow in honor of Priscilla D.”Petie” Snow we were able to create a leisure reading section in the library featuring a wide selection of materials ranging from general interest in French language and culture, to children’s literature, to art and travel books.