Please refer to our Thematic
Guides, for answers to a variety of questions concerning
France and French life in America, before you contact a
About the Library
This facility offers over 25,000 books,
magazines, CDs, and DVDs for both adults and children. The
Haskell Library’s mission is to provide FIAF Members and
Students with a dynamic collection of quality materials that
are enlightening, educational, and accessible to everyone.
Become a FIAF Member and enjoy full access to the library's
extensive collection, as well as onsite DVD and MP3 players, iPads,
free Wi-Fi, a self-learning center for students of French,
and the Espace Jeunesse, a dedicated space just for kids.
The French Institute Alliance Française was formed
in 1971 with the merger of two of New York’s oldest
and most distinguished francophile institutions: the French
Institute, established in 1911, and the Alliance Française,
founded in 1898.
The Library was inherited from the French Institute and
for nearly a century has presented to the francophone and
francophile communities of New York City a broad view of
French culture and civilization.
The Library began as a simple reading room with periodicals,
sales catalogues and reference books on French art and was
later expanded to include a broad selection of materials
on history, literature, civilization, and social sciences.
In 1998, thanks to the generous support of individuals
and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Library was
completely renovated by the acclaimed architect Michael Graves,
recipient of the 1999 National Medal of the Arts and the
2000 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.
The Library specializes in materials on contemporary France
and plays a key role in supporting and promoting cultural
and educational activities, as well as providing its members
with a window on contemporary France. Visitors may consult
materials onsite and our members may borrow materials. The
Library catalog may be consulted via the internet.
In addition to an excellent collection of over 25,000 books,
the bright and sophisticated space houses a 1,500-title DVD collection, CD-ROMs, as well as over 100 magazines and newspapers
that cover all areas of contemporary French culture. Culturethèque, the online library, is also available to bring ebooks, magazines, music, lectures and kids materials at the ease of a laptop or tablet.
We look forward to meeting the informational and recreational
needs of our members well into the 21st century. If
you are interested in learning about France for your personal,
professional, recreational or educational needs, let the
Library be your guide to this fascinating culture.
In order to borrow materials from the Library, a security deposit in the form of a valid and signed credit card imprint or a check for $80 payable to FIAF is required. There is no charge to borrow materials; your card will only be charged if you do not return borrowed materials after 3 overdue notices.
Items loaned to a user are for the personal use of that user only and remain the responsibility of the user until they are returned to the library and the loans are canceled. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children.
All items on loan shall be returned by their due date.
All items on loan shall be returned on expiration of FIAF membership.
Any loan may be renewed 1 time.
If your card is lost or stolen, call the Library immediately.
Library card holders shall notify
the library promptly of any change in name or address.
The library is not responsible
for personal property brought into and left in the library.
The FIAF staff may inspect articles
in the possession of any person on the Library premises.
Users shall not deface or damage
books or other library property, materials or equipment
in any way; if so the reader is liable for the replacement
cost of the item.
The staff of the FIAF library is
not responsible for unaccompanied children.
The use of personal computers is
welcome; the use of personal CDs or flash drives in the libraryâ€™s
computers is prohibited.
WIFI connection is available to
members upon presentation of their membership card.
The library staff endeavors to
provide an atmosphere conducive to study, reading and the
legitimate use of materials and services. To foster such
an environment, we request that no one eat, drink, smoke,
use a cell phone, sleep or loiter in the Library. Anyone
who is vocally disturbing to others by talking loudly to
another patron will be asked to move temporarily to the
Abuse of any above-stated regulations
may warrant the termination of borrowing privileges.
Fines: Late DVDs are assessed a penalty of $1/day. All other
late materials are fined $.25/day. Fines are not charged
for days the library is closed. Fines must be paid immediately
and in full, and readers are responsible for all fines
due but not collected at time of return. The maximum overdue
fine per item is the same as the replacement cost of the
Suspension: Users failing
to observe the regulations on borrowing may be subject
to all accrued fines and to suspension from further borrowing
until loans and fines have been cleared. Borrowing privileges
are suspended when overdue fines reach $25.
Replacement costs: Users
are responsible to replace any item not returned, lost
or damaged. If materials are returned AFTER a memberâ€™s credit card has been charged, an additional $10 administrative fee will be charged. Replacement costs are calculated on a mean
average cost per item category:
The FIAF Library welcomes gifts of books in good condition.
Donations may be dropped off at FIAF at any time.
These gifts may be added to the collection, or they may be
made available for sale. The Library applies that same
objective selection criteria to donations that is applied
to the purchase of new books, so if a donated item does
not fit the scope of the Library's collection policy, it
will be placed in the Library's booksale ($1 sales price),
or will be offered to other Alliance Française
libraries throughout the country, as a part of Project Benjamin, our cooperation
program for library services. Proceeds from book sales are used in a wide variety
of ways, most frequently for the purchase of new materials.
It is the responsibility
of the donor to arrange for delivery of gift materials
to the Library. We regret that we cannot
pick up books from your home. The Library can accept no
more than 100 books per gift.
The donor accepts that donations are made without restriction
and that the Library may use the donated items as the Library
staff deems appropriate. Please remember that once a donation
of materials is made, the gift becomes entirely the property
of the Library, which reserves the right to accept, reject, sell or otherwise
dispose of donated materials.
The Library will provide an acknowledgment letter for any
donation of 10 or more books if requested by the donor. It will not, however, provide evaluations
of gifts for tax or other purposes other than a global
estimate of $1 per book donated. To receive an acknowledgement the donor
should provide his name, address, and number of items donated.
While gifts are generally welcomed, from time to time the
Library may restrict the acceptance of materials that are
too large or do not fit within the scope of the Library’s collections. The Library cannot accept a gift with a stipulation
as to its use. The Library does not accept donations of the following types of
materials: phonograph records, newspapers, magazines and deteriorated books.
The Library asks for your understanding in this matter.