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Group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment.
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Lending Library of Books and DVDs

Library Hours During the Pandemic

Our library has been closed since mid-March due to COVID. However, we are now offering Biblio-Bundle, a grab bag of books by genre, that our librarian will curate for you. Read more about this program here.  Pickups and returns are available Monday and Wednesday from 11-1:00. Contact with your selection. Books for adults are available in French or in English and in French for children and young adult readers.

Culturethèque - Digital Library

Alliance Française de Portland is pleased to offer our members Culturethèque, a digital library at your fingertips. You will have access to a world of French language content for adults and children alike from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Explore the possibilities that Culturethèque has to offer.

Delve into thousands of books, periodicals and comic books. Discover the latest new authors. Rediscover a classic novel. Stay current with your favorite newspaper or magazine. Unlock your inner child while reading a bande déssinée. Try a new recipe from the many cookbooks. Introduce your child to French through content designed especially for children.

Enjoy the latest in French and world music including classical, jazz, pop and the standards. Go behind the scenes with artist interviews and concerts. Listen to audio books, catch a lecture or plug in to a podcast, all on the go.

Enrich your French language learning through a vast array of educational resources catered to every language level. Introduce your children to French through cultural learning materials.

Register for the Culturethèque digital library at  Anyone can register for a two day trial. Members of Alliance Française de Portland have unlimited access for the duration of their membership. After you register, we will update your account with your membership expiration date.

The Alliance Française de Portland Lending Library

Welcome to one of Portland's best kept secrets: the Alliance's extensive lending library of French language cultural media. Enjoy a dynamic collection of items for every age, language level, and interest.

All francophiles and francophones are invited to visit our library. We offer books in French and English for adults and a French collection for teens and children, as well as an impressive DVD collection. Only Alliance members enjoy check out privileges, it's one of the benefits to being a member.

Our collection

La Bibliothèque Française et Anglaise

Our collection of over 3,000 volumes is housed in the Grande Salle. It includes contemporary and classical works, travel guides, easy readers, translations, poetry, books on art history and culture. Books for young adult readers, including popular BD works are located in the Salle de Lumières.

Click here to see the list of French books. Click here to see the list of English books.

DVD Collection

Drama, action films, romances, comedies, and popular TV series are available for checkout in the main office. Most are in French with English subtitles. The DVD collection is in the main office on the first floor.

Click here for a PDF file of our DVD collection, or click here to browse the collection (with summaries, ratings, cast, and search functions) on



The DVD collection is available during Library Hours, Monday and Wednesday, from 11am-1pm.

Checkout Rules

We rely on an honor system for checked out materials, and you must be a current member of the Alliance to checkout books and DVDs. For membership information click here or call the office.

Please limit your checkouts to one DVDs at any one time and return them within 2 weeks. You may renew DVDs twice. Members are liable for the cost of replacement DVDs, if lost or damaged.

You may borrow up to 5 books for 3 weeks and renew them twice. Instructions for checking out books are posted in both libraries.


The Alliance is happy to accept donations of gently used books in French and English, and DVDs.


Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

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during the COVID pandemic.
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