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Family Saturdays

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

During “Family Saturdays” discover a piece of French traditional culture through tales, crafts and songs. Children from 3 to 10 years old are invited to be part of our “atelier” and participate in famous French events such as the Galette des Rois or the Carnaval. Sweets and patisseries will of course be part of the adventure!

Price per child: Members: £3 / Non members: £5.
Parents’ attendance is compulsory.
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 am (30 minutes).
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 francais only.

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

Coups de coeur & new titles


Lydie Salvayre’s Goncourt-winning novel takes us back to 1936, when Spain was deeply affected by the events of the Spanish civil war. The author takes an original stance on this historical event, using witness accounts given by her mother as the main source of information for the novel.
The author intertwines her mother’s stories with the experiences of the writer Bernanos, who experienced the atrocities of the civil war in Spain at first hand.
This book represents an engaging personal account of a family’s daily survival, while painting a picture of the realities of civil war.


In Le Roi disait que j’étais diable, Clara Dupont-Monod weaves a rich tapestry in her short yet powerful fictional biography based around the legend of Eleonore of Aquitaine, a woman with a fiery spirit and great ambition.
The novel tells us what it was like to live as Queen of France and wife of Louis VII, who, in contrast to Elenore, is extremely pious.
Set against the backdrop of the Middle Ages, this book reveals that there is more to the woman depicted in the stained glass window that we so often recognise –and more to her devoted husband.

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