Ideally located in the heart of Oslo, the French-speaking library of Fransk kulturhus houses, with more than 3500 referenced documents, a unique collection of French-speaking ressources in Norway. Recently inaugurated, it is open to the public Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also open one Saturday per month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Allong with our librarian Mary and the entire Fransk kulturhus’ team, our library’s mission is to guarantee you a pleasant time, with a focus on accessibility and personalised advice.
Our 3500 referenced resources are classified by category. Here’s a brief overview of our collections:
We give much place to works intended for young audiences (babies, children and adolescents). Here are some examples of books that you will find on our shelves:
Books for toddlers:
Books for kids
Songs and nursery rhymes with CD
Novels for kids
Novels for young adults/teenagers
Comics for kids
Magazines for kids/youth
We have a wide selection of magazines that will delight 0-18 year olds! From Popi to Astrapi to the famous J’aime Lire collection, your children will find that special something to read that will make them happy.
You also benefit from preferential rates on annual subscriptions to Bayard magazines thanks to our partnership. To find out more, you can consult the article on this subject: Reading and growing up in French from 0 to 19 years old.
The library also offers a varied selection of novels and comics for an adult audience.
Contemporary novels and French-speaking literature
Discover or rediscover the biggest names in contemporary French-speaking literature, such as: Amélie Nothomb, Patrick Modiano, Michel Bussi, Joël Dicker, Pierre Lemaitre, Michel Houellebecq and so many others.
The great classics
In addition, you will find most of the classic literary references: Pagnol, Camus, Sartre, Zola, Maupassant, Hugo…not to mention the philosophical masterpieces of authors like Montaigne or Montesquieu.
Thematic collections: cooking, arts, documentaries
Other sections are also to be discovered on our shelves: cooking, arts, documentaries or even well-being and education.
News and fashion magazines
You will also find, according to deliveries, news magazines such as Le Point, L’Express or Paris Match.
An entire collection is dedicated to students taking our French courses. A color code makes it possible to identify the works adapted to he learner ‘s level (A1, A2, B1, B2), allowing for a smooth reading choice among the selection made by our teaching team.
The annual library subscription gives also access to more than 350 DVDs! You will find cartoons for the whole family, animated films and a selection of films for the general public.
A binder is available fo you with all of our available DVDs.
Finally, we have more than 50 interactive CDs adapted to the age of your child. The Toboclic (for 4/7 year olds) and Mobiclic (for 8/13 year olds) series are safe bets for your child to learn French while having fun! Do not hesitate to ask us for advice!
The “Samedis +”
Furthermore, we are happy to welcome you during the “Samedis +”, one Saturday per month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you may take advantage of our facilities and participate in unique family activities.
Find out more about the upcoming “Samedis +” on our cultural program.
French holiday camps
During school holidays, the library opens its doors to French Holiday camps for children aged 6 to 12. Having fun while learning is easy when you are in good company! Every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we offer children a unique immersive experience in French.
The Fransk kulturhus’ educational team is committed to offering a fun, educational and recreational program in French adapted to each and every child and their own language level.
Find out more about our French camps for kids by reading this article!