Partial reopening of the library service

Please note that the library will remain closed to the public until further notice, but that you will be able to place requests for items which would usually be available to borrow.
More information about the Click and Collect service.

OXFORD COVID-19 RESPONSE: the MFO follows the guidance given by the university, which has introduced a policy on face coverings to be worn in shared settings indoors. The policy is expected to be in full operation by 7 September. Visit the university website to learn more about why face coverings are required and how the policy applies.


Please note that the opening times of our library are going to change from Trinity Term 2020: from Monday 26 April, we will be open for you Mo-Fri, 2.00pm-6.00pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

A collection of 30,000 books, about fifty periodicals and more than 700 French films!

In direct partnership with the Oxford University Library Network through the SOLO Catalog, the MFO Library is a major research hub for an international academic audience. To best meet the needs of this heterogeneous public, the library develops its encyclopedic vocation by promoting the interdisciplinarity of its collections. It offers a wide range of research works in various fields: human and social sciences, arts, literature.

While the research dynamic is at the heart of the library project, it also welcomes a family and intergenerational audience. Cultural mediation for children is one of the priorities of the library. Every other Saturday, it welcomes the Alliance Française, which organizes lectures in French for children.

Each year, the MFO organises a youth book festival on its premises with the help of the Petit Club Français.

At the border of the university library and the public library, the library of the Maison Française of Oxford plays a major role today for the development of research and the influence of the Francophonie abroad.

You can also find:

  • A computer to visit OLIS (the University of Oxford’s Libraries network) reserved for research in the catalogue and some documentary databases (OXLIP),
  • Two computers equipped with headsets and reserved for visiting websites devoted to France, and allows the editing of text, as well as to print copies
  • A photocopier (10p per copy).