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.