A French Library in SF

"Bienvenue à la Bibliothèque" !

We have a growing collection of over 500 CDs, 300 DVDs and several thousand books, including literary and popular fiction, mystery novels, plays, poetry and works in translation, as well as an "espace jeunesse" with hundreds of titles available for kids.

The library is open to the public.

You can preview our catalog :  

library catalog

Please note that only a small part of the collection has been entered and appears in the catalog. If you have some free time and would like to volunteer to help on this project feel free to  contact us.

AFSF members and students may borrow up to 3 books, 3 CDs and 3 DVDs for 3 weeks.

online learning ressources

Borrowing privileges for members only:

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Online library -Culturetheque

Culturethèque is an e-library with thousands of e-books, audio books for improving your French pronunciation, videos, newspapers, magazines, movies, music and other useful online resources for learning French!

Read French classics, discover the latest literary sensation, have access to the most up-to-date French newspaper and magazines (including Paris Match!), share animated children books with your little ones…

Listen to classical music, jazz, pop, French songs and world music, learn about new artists in interviews…

WATCH: Watch live news programs, download fun science shows, discover wonderful artists through their video-concerts…

LEARN: Culturethèque offers wide and comprehensive resources for our French students, according to their level, to help them in the learning process.

    AFSF Members get a free access to Culturetheque. 

    How to create a new account?

    • Visit the Culturethèque website (button below)
    • Click on “Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire”
    • Create your login - Please use your the first letter of your first name and your last name with no spaces as your user name. (IE: jsmith)
    • Choose Alliance Française de San Francisco as your library .
    • Alliance Française de San Francisco will confirm your membership and activate your account according to the validity of your AF membership. 
    • Let us know if you encounter any issue.


    Library hours

    Monday: 10 am – 4:00 pm
    Tuesday-Thursday: 9 am – 6:00 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 10 am – 1:00 pm

    Do you have any books you'd like to donate? 

    Our library accepts donations, in French only, for:

    • books for kids and teenagers,
    • recent books (less than 5 years) for adults. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept older books anymore.
    • DVDs

    We are also looking for French language board games and other educational games.


    Contact Us

    Alliance Française de San Francisco
    1345 Bush Street | San Francisco, CA 94109
    +1 (415) 775 - 7755
    E-mail: afsf@afsf.com

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    Alliance Française de San Francisco is an American Public Charity Nonprofit, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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