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French Language and Literature


The library provides access to a variety of books in both print and electronic formats. You can find general reference books, literary works by French and Francophone authors, as well as scholarly books written about them (both in English and French).

Use the Advanced Search feature in OneSearch to find library books in French by selecting "Books" from the Material Type drop down menu and "French" from the Language drop down menu as shown in the image below.


Screenshot of OneSearch's advanced search with Books and French selected.


Below you will find some examples of books in the library's collection relevant to your studies in French.

Reference Books

Reference books provide a general overview of related topics. They are great sources for background information when you don't know much about a subject and want to learn the basics - much in the same way you use Wikipedia in your daily life!

Circulating Books

  • Books located in the Stacks are books that circulate, which means they can be borrowed (four week loan period).
  • The majority of books in French are located on the 3rd floor north side in the PQ section.

Please look at the detailed PQ Library of Congress list for a breakdown of the PQ classification. Also note that books in French can be found in other sections of the library because they have a different call number. Notice that the Aimé Césaire book shown below has a call number that starts with JV. If you are curious about why that is, look up JV in the Library of Congress classification system to see what it means.

Below are some examples:


The library's collection has included ebooks for a while.but these have become more important now that most courses are taking place online. Find some examples below.

Open Access Books

Borrow free digital versions of books here: