The Library of French Thought

The current collection contains close to 8,000 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 monthly 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.

While the reading room is open to all, stack access is limited to those with borrowing privileges.

4229 Dwinelle Hall

LIBRARY FELLOW (Spring 2021)
Ty Blakeney

Fall 2021 HOURS:
Mondays-Wednesdays: 10:30-1:00, 2:00-5:00
Thursdays: 1:00-3:00
Fridays: Closed

The library is always closed on university holidays.
Please do not come to the library if you have a fever or are feeling ill.


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 one magazine, and French 2 students may check out one magazine or one 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.

Claude Potts
Librarian for Romance Languages
Research and Collections
218 Doe Library
(510) 642-6052
cpotts [AT]

French Collections in the UC Berkeley Libraries