The Library of French Thought

The current collection over 9,000 volumes, approximately 150 journal titles, magazines, maps, slides, and other ephemera. Our vast literature holdings cover the entire history of French writing from the earliest chansons to francophonie and the bande dessinée. Subjects such as history, linguistics, criticism, theater, film, and philosophy are also well represented. New items are being added to the collection on a periodic basis.

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.

4229 Dwinelle Hall


Erin Dunbar

Spring 2024 Regular Hours

M 10-12; 1:30-5:30

T 10-12; 1:30-3:30

W 10-12

R 12-3



Visitors are welcome to use the room to study, read for class or fun, work on group projects, and play our board games; with moderate amounts of talk permissible. Special events must reserve the library in advance.

Students are welcome to use the coffeemaker located in the reading room. Students may bring drinks in closed containers; however food is not allowed at this time. Drinks are not permitted in the stacks. 

Borrowing Policies: All students enrolled in a French course --including those taught in English-- may check out any circulating item (books in the stacks, general reading books & magazines). Non-circulating items include reference materials, rare books, journals, and the Pléiade collection. Course Textbooks and Course Reserves can only be checked out for two hours at a time.

Students enrolled in French 1, French 2, French R&C, French 43A, & French 80, can only access the stacks by proxy. I.e. Students should look up the item in the catalog and ask the librarian to fetch it for them. 

Students enrolled in French  3-4, 13-14, 35, C26 and above, in addition to French majors and minors, may physically browse the stacks.

Graduate students in French, Comparative Literature, and RLL (from all participating RLL departments) also have full borrowing privileges; graduate students in other departments should contact the librarian at the address above if they wish to borrow material from the French library. 

View our catalogue here

Please use this form to check out library materials

You must fill out the form for each item you wish to check out.

Please email the librarian if you wish to renew a borrowed item. Do *NOT* fill out the check out form a second time.

Accessibility: Some of the rows in the stacks are not wheelchair accessible and have limited lighting. Students who need assistance should check the catalog for their items, which the librarian can then fetch for them. The following link details additional services that the library provides to patrons with disabilities:



OTHER HELP outside of the Library of French Thought

Students who need reference help, day or night, can always Ask a question 24/7. This live chat service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To consult the UCB Librarian for French Studies during regular hours, please contact:

Claude Potts
Librarian for Romance Language Collections
438 Doe Library
cpotts [AT]

French Studies research guide: