Media Library

Head of Media Library : Ms. Namrata Ghosh

Phone number : 033 4006 4801

E-mail : library.kolkata@afindia.org

Library timings : Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Our media library aims to help you discover, explore and improve the knowledge of contemporary francophone cultures and languages within the state of Bengal and to furnish documentary and cultural tools necessary to the learning of students and the teaching of professors.

Its collection of approximately 6,250 documents is the largest collection of documents in French in the Eastern of India. It includes notably a library for learners, one for teachers, one game library and a library of 260 old and rare books unique in India. The library is equipped with a wide range of dictionaries, audio and visual aids. Our media library offers a glimpse into the world of French art, culture and literature, French magazines and civilization along with  comics, books for children, CDs, and DVDs.

Here is our online catalog.

 

LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP : 

To become a member, a registration form must be filled in, along with a passport size photo and ID proof of the applicant.

Students, teachers and members of Alliance française du Bengale are granted free membership to the Library on demand. Students and teachers who are not associated with Alliance française may become members upon payment of an annual subscription of 500 INR as Membership fees plus 500 INR as Security Deposit. An identity proof confirming the status of the same is necessary in this situation. For other external members, there is an annual subscription of 1000 INR plus 500 INR Security Deposit. The security deposit will be refunded if and when the user decides to terminate his membership.
At the end of the registration process, a membership card is issued.

 

BORROW AND RETURN : 

A valid Library membership card must be presented while borrowing documents.

The lending period is 3 weeks (21 days) for printed books, DVDs and periodicals. The maximum numbers that can be borrowed at a time is 5 including at the most 2 DVDs.

Items may be reserved in advance.

The lending period may be extended only once, on the users online account, by email, phone or at the library, as long as another person hasn’t reserved the same document. The request for an extension must be made no later than the original date of return.

All late returns will be subjected to a late fine of Rs.2/- (per book) and Rs. 5/-(per DVD). All further borrowing rights will be suspended whilst any late returns remain outstanding.

The library staff reserves the right to refuse further lending to users who have returned items in poor condition. A fine may also be levied.

The borrower must repay for a lost item, including importation costs if any.

 

OTHER SERVICES : 

Internet, France 24 and PS4 are available in the Library.

The Library provides information on contemporary France and a multimedia service for the students of Alliance française du Bengale.

Regular workshops are conducted in the Library concerning the French language and culture. They are free and open to all.

Telephone enquiries may be made during office hours. (Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm).