Dibuka Library, a space for everyone

Dibuka Library

Dibuka is a multi-media library focusing on France and contemporary francophone culture. Dibuka is the result of a partnership of the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. The library gives you access to almost 17 000 documents for adults, teenagers and children: books, comics, CD’s and DVD (French cinema and documentaries), French magazines, manuals to learn French, French language teaching aid and much more.

Alliance Française Johannesburg
17 Lower Park Drive – Parkview – Johannesburg

> Library opening times
Tuesday / Wednesday: 09:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 19:30
Thursday: 08:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 19:30
Friday: 09:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 13:30

Closed on Mondays, Sundays and local public holidays.

>How to borrow documents ?

On-site consultation of books and magazines of the library is free, but library membership is necessary to borrow documents. Library members may borrow for a period of two weeks:
– 10 documents
– 3 CDs or audio books
– 2 DVDs
You can extend the duration of your loan twice (6 weeks maximum). Any lost or damaged documents must be reimbursed or replaced. The latest issue of every magazine is excluded from loan and must be consulted on-site. Note that only one copy of the magazine ‘Bien-Dire’ may be borrowed.

Contact info:
Tel. (+27) 11 646 1115 Fax. (+27) 11 646 1128 or dibuka@alliance.org.za 

What do we offer?

> Culturethèque

With a few clicks, if you are a Dibuka member, access thousands of free documentary resources: books, audio-books, newspapers, magazines, music, comics etc. Discover the online wealth of contemporary French and Francophone digital offerings wherever you are, whenever you want. Register for Culturethèque on: www.culturetheque.com

> The learner’s section

The Learner’s section is a section specifically designed to support all students, regardless of their level of French language learning. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, you will find documents which will enable you to further indorse yourself into the French language.
The idea behind a Learner’s Library is to provide a user-friendly resource system which indicates the level of difficulty ranging from levels A1 to C1, providing a wide range of topics concerning French culture as well as linguistic tuition materials.

> How to become a member?

R300 / year

R150 / year – Under 18 years / over 60 years.
– Students in schools and universities.
– Alliance française students.

Free – Students studying French in universities.
– Teachers and lecturers of French in schools and universities.
– Members of: Alliance Française, French Embassy, French Consulate and IFAS.

Membership upon presentation of an identity document, proof of residence and justification of discounted or free membership. Membership fee is not refundable.