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French Institute: Visit Us

Academic Year 2023-2024

The French Institute is open to visitors!

In order to best assist you, please contact us in advance to make a research appointment. As our collections are linked with those at Assumption's d'Alzon Library, depending on your focus, you might also need to make an appointment there.

Hours: We are typically here Monday-Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30. We are closed over the Holiday Break: December 22nd through January 3rd. We are open during most other university breaks, including the summer, but please reach out to confirm availability. 

The French Institute will be closed May 27th-31st, and July 29th- August 2nd.

Location: We are located on the 3rd floor of La Maison Française, the first building you see as you arrive on campus. There is no elevator. 

Research Policies

  1. Researchers are required to register upon their first visit, and sign this on each visit.  Registration forms will become part of the permanent record for the Institute.
  2. All materials must be used at the assigned Reading Table of the Institute.
  3. Neither food nor drinks are allowed when using the materials.
  4. Researchers must use pencil or a laptop computer for note taking.  Pens, markers, and scanners may not be used with the material.
  5. Please use care in handling all archival material.  All items must lie flat on the table, or in book cradles provided by the Institute.  Nothing is to be placed on top of the material, except book weights provided by the Institute.
  6. The original order of all material must be maintained.  Do not rearrange collections.  Please report any disarrangement to the staff.
  7. Readers may request more than one item or volume of material at a time, but the Institute staff reserves the right to limit that number depending on condition and type of material requested.
  8. Institute staff will transfer materials between storage area and Reading Table.
  9. Scanning of items will be determined on a case by case basis.

Hours and Contact

8:30 am 4:30 pm

Appointments recommended.

The French Institute follows the academic calendar of Assumption University. Exceptions to our regular hours may be found here.



The Institute is located on the 3rd floor of La Maison Française.



Leslie Choquette
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History

Kate Bradley

Librarian/Archivist of the French Institute

508-767-7000 ext. 7495

Usage Policy

For reasons of preservation, French Institute collection materials do not circulate; however, non-rare materials are allowed to circulate through the d’Alzon Library or inter-library loan with the director’s permission.

It should be noted that the Institute’s collection includes a number of Franco-American newspapers from the New England region. Most consist of bound copies and nearly all have been microfilmed. To preserve the bound volumes, the Institute encourages scholars to consult the microfilm copies whenever they are available, for example, at the American Antiquarian Society or the Boston Public Library.