The association The Friends of the Anglophone Library (FOAL) was set up six & a half years ago in Montpellier once it became clear that we were not going to be able to save the former American Library. We fought long and hard and got a lot of press coverage. Our petition gathered 2200 signatures. Sadly to no avail. The new association wanted to provide a library, not to replace the old one, but at least to offer a good selection of books to English-speakers in Montpellier and surrounding areas.
We started out very small in the premises of a language school, then we moved to a member’s ﬂat where we stayed for two & a half years, then we had to move again to a member’s house where we stayed another two years. We believed in the enterprise but it was tough going at times since it was difﬁcult to increase membership with no permanent address. But we persevered thanks to a dedicated Chair Person & Board. We also set up a blog (foal34.blogspot.fr) and a Facebook page (Friends of the Anglophone Library).
We have been in our super new premises for a year with well over a thousand books (and counting). For our new acquisitions we concentrate on recent publications and we are very much up to date with what goes on in the publishing world. Right at the beginning we completed a project to collect the 100 Best Novels of the XX century using various lists from internet. We also have the 10 Best Novels of the XXI century.
We have added a Children’s Section in the new premises which we have wanted for a long time but were not able to supply through lack of space. We also have a permanent Book Sale thanks to donations from members. We ask people to send us a list before we accept donations (email: foal34@gmail. com). Our lending policy is pretty ﬂexible, normally it is 2 books for two weeks, especially new books which need to have a quick turnover. Older books can be taken out for longer.
Annual membership dues:
€40 family membership
€30 active member
FOAL also organizes events. We have our famous Book Quiz in February.
Regular "Book Chat" meetings for members, which allow participants to talk about books they have read and exchange recommendations.
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Thanks to volunteers we also offer English conversation sessions.
FOAL: 23 rue Lakanal - Montpellier
1st & 3rd Sat. 10am-12.30pm