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Easter closing time

The Institut will be closed for the Easter weekend from Friday 3 April (3.00 pm) to Tuesday 7 April morning.

Family Saturdays

For the new year, the Library is glad to launch a brand new series of “rendez-vous” for children.

During “Family Saturdays” Children from 3 to 10 can discover a piece of French culture through tales, crafts and songs, all in French! Sweets and patisseries will of course be part of the adventure!

Price per child: Members: £3 / Non members: £5.
Parents are welcome if they wish.
Booking required.
Check the dates of the next Family Saturdays on our event page.

L’Heure du Conte

Our Library offers a free French session for the little ones on Saturdays.
Our 30 minutes session involves interactive games, songs and tales with stories appropriate to babies and toddlers (0-3 years old)

Every Saturday at 11.00am (30 minutes).
Admission free.
No booking required.

Groupe de Lecture

Each last Thursday of the month, join the Institut’s Groupe de Lecture and discuss French works with others who share a passion for French literature.
Discussion is held in French (B2 level and higher recommended).

Every last Thursday of the month, 12.15-13.15pm.
Open to members of the Institut français only.
Admission free.

For more information please contact us by email or 0131 225 5366.

Coups de coeur & new titles

STOCK, 2002.

Dawn is approaching. Three men are walking side by side, silently, wrapped up warmly. They are reservists, enrolled in the German army during the World War II. To escape mass shootings and their commander, they enter a Polish forest to go on a manhunt. By chance, they find a young Jewish man there. To save themselves from hunger and the cold, they take refuge in an abandoned house. Then, using everything they can find in the house to start a fire -even tables and chairs- a suspenseful atmosphere descends upon the house as they decide to make a soup. An unusual meal will bring together the disillusioned soldiers, the Jewish man, and a Polish passer-by with extremely anti-Semitic views.

The atmosphere is icy, the writing is of a striking correctness and restraint. Sumptuous!


Grégoire’s favourite day is Sunday. While everybody is sleeping quietly, Grégoire has been up for a long, long time. He is looking forward to his grandfather’s visit. A retired sailor, Papé is the ideal grandfather. He never speaks about homework, grades or class recitations. At table, he talks with his mouthful, puts his elbows on the table and jokes around all day long. But today, there must be something wrong with him. He gets his words mixed up muddled and, in the bathroom, he has a trip, that’s not like him! The family hears a thud. Papé has fallen over.

When Geneviève Laurencin (texts), Pef (drawings) and his wife, Geneviève Ferrier (colours) join forces to write a children’s book, their subtle writing, lifelike illustrations and use of soft pastels make this a marvel. This album about senility is a beautiful one. Poetic, emotionally charged and incredibly touching, visually accomplished, this book from the 1990’s should be required reading for everyone.

Postal loans

We are now offering our members who live in the UK a postal loans service.

This service is charged in addition to your membership fee. Each postal loan consists of up to 3 items between CDs, magazines and books + 2 DVDs for 3 weeks.

You can choose amongst 3 different options (all renewable during the membership year) the one that will best suit your needs:
- £10: 4 postal loans per membership year
- £20: 8 postal loans per membership year
- £30: 12 postal loans per membership year

Please note that is is your responsibility to pay for the items to be returned to the Library in time for its due date. Items may be renewed if not recalled by another user.

Check the Library catalogues to make your selection and contact the librarian to place your order by phone 0131 225 5366 or email.

French Institute in Scotland 2015