Library Policies


Anyone may visit the library and enjoy the collection at the Alliance. However, a membership with the Alliance Française de Washington is required to check out books. 

Library membership is not automatic when you join the Alliance. New members must come by the library and register their card (free service). We are on the ground floor of the AF building at Dupont.

Library hours are different from the office hours of the Alliance.

Online account

The last numbers after the ze on your membership card are your online library ID and password. This account allows you to:
  • Reserve items that are currently checked out
  • Renew your items before their due date
  • Search our collection
  • Borrow library materials

Use of the library computers

Two computers and an iPad are available in the library for guests' use.


New DVDs: 1 week
All other items: 3 weeks
(Books, regular DVDs, CDs, magazines, language learning aids).

The number of items you can borrow depends on your type of membership.

Regular Memberships (Student Pass/YP)
Family Memberships
6 Books : fiction, non-fiction, language-learning
10 Books : fiction, non-fiction, language-learning
6 CDs : music, audiobooks, language-learning
10 CDs : music, audiobooks, language-learning
4 DVDs : movies, language-learning
6 DVDs : movies, language-learning
2 Book + CDs : fiction, language-learning
4 Books + CDs : fiction, language-learning
1 CD-Rom
1 CD-Rom
6 Magazines*, incl. Bien-Dire, Champs-Elysées 8 magazines* incl. Bien-Dire, Champs-Elysées
5 Kids' Books
10 Kids' Books
5 Kids' CDs : music, audiobooks 10 Kids' CDs : music, audiobooks
2 Kids' DVDs 3 Kids' DVDs
1 Kids' book + CD
2 Kids' books + CDs
2 Kids' magazines*
5 Kids' magazines*

*The most recent issues of our magazines may not be checked out.


You may renew by:
Phone: 202-234-7911 ext. 814
Online: using your ID and password
Overdue items may be renewed, but accounts will be charged an interim fee (see below).
New DVDs and select language learning sets are non-renewable

Items may be renewed up to two times for a total of nine weeks unless:
The item in question is a new DVD, or language learning material marked "non renewable"
Another member has requested the item

Late fees

Books, CDs, cassettes, movies: 25 cents per item per day
New DVDs: $1.00 per day

Loss, damage or failure to return borrowed items:

You are responsible for the items you borrow. We ask that you return items in the same condition as when you borrowed them.

If borrowed items are damaged or lost, we ask that you purchase a new copy for the library. If you cannot purchase a new copy, we will charge a $20 replacement fee.

Borrowing privileges are suspended if you have an outstanding fee of $10 or more.

Thank you for adhering to these policies, which help us ensure that all members have equal access to the collection.

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