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French Media Libraries Refurbished in London and Dublin

For the end of the year 2016, two French media libraries will be inaugurating their fully renovated facilities with the support of the Institut français, Institut français of the UK in London and that of the Alliance Française of Dublin.

Brand new media library at the Institut français of the UK

On November 12, 2016, the IFRU Media Library will reopen its doors to the public following four years devoted to an ambitious renovation project. This has been made possible thanks to the Trust des Amis of the Institut français – which has led a successful fundraising campaign, raising over 1.8 million pounds – as well as the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institut français.
In London, the media library is equipped with three architecturally different areas, each one with a totally different look, while being part of one and the same project, in an effort to satisfy all these needs to the full.
The IFRU Media Library today holds one of the most important French collections, with free access in the UK. With more than 110,000 visitors per year, it offers nearly 50,00 documents on location, access via Culturethèque to more than 120,000 digital documents, particularly on its History, a collection on World War II, General De Gaulle and the Resistance at the academic level. It organizes over 70 events per year, including hosting a number of conferences organized by other services of the IFRU.

Reopening of the Media Library of the Dublin Alliance Française

The Alliance Française of Dublin, following a vast renovation project, is now equipped with new areas, a resource center and an auditorium covering 3,500 square feet. This project has been given the support of the Institut français for purposes of modernizing such areas and ensuring the evolution of digital offerings.
A multifunctional area to welcome its 900 members – including many learners in the daytime, to be converted into an auditorium holding 100 seats, equipped with the latest technology for a host of evening cultural events.
After being totally transformed, digital technology has also been renewed in the media library of the Alliance Française of Dublin. Thus, the Culturethèque (Culture Library) is now in operation, with digital tablets and e-readers made available to users.