Where to find French Books, Periodicals, Audiovisual Materials and Objects

Want to start up your collection of French literature but not sure where to find the hottest new titles? Would you like to add French flair to your home by decorating à la provençale? Here is a list of websites and stores where you may find French books, DVDs, language learning materials, home furnishings, and much more.

Bookstores with French collections in the New York area

Albertine – A reading room and bookshop that brings to life French-American intellectual exchange offering more than 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from over 30 French-speaking countries worldwide. They also offer online shopping.

972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), New York, NY 10075
info@albertine.com (212) 650–0070

Ideal Foreign Books
Kids to adults, classics, textbooks and new books. Shipments for customers’ special orders come often.
132-10 Hillside Ave. Jamaica, NY 11418
Tel: (718)297-7477

Also try these used bookstores for their collection of language-learning materials, dictionaries, and French language books:

Housing Works

126 Crosby St, New York, NY

Tel: 212-334-3324

The Strand

828 Broadway New York, NY 10003

Tel: (212) 473-1452

French periodical subscriptions

Culturethèque A wide selection of French magazines is offered for free to members of participating Alliance Française chapters by
the Institut Français.

Express Mag

Subscriptions to French magazines
Tel: 1-877-363-1310

Unipresse Magazine subscriptions

Mitchell’s New York For home and office newspaper delivery. Also offers certain French magazines.

Children’s Materials

Songs for Teaching
Children’s songs (music and lyrics) to purchase as download. Be careful – there are many ads on this site.
Bayard Jeunesse
Magazine subscriptions to children’s periodicals for learning to read in French.
Access this proven method for teaching kids a new language, developed by the BBC. Now
available as an online subscription.
Easy-to-learn French songs for children
La Souris qui Raconte
A new “all digital” publishing house for kids 5-10 years old. You can read with your child or let
your child be read to.

Posters and Maps

Poster Classics
Vintage posters

EPS Maps

Offers a variety of maps of countries and cities worldwide.

Flags (All countries, all sizes)

AAA American Flag Co.
40 W 37th St New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212)989-1190
Ace Banner and Flag Co.
107 W. 36th St New York NY 10001


Le Pin Parasol

Specializes in French tablecloths, fabrics, bedspreads, and souvenirs of Provence.
P.O. Box 593 Moorebank NSW 1875, Australia

Le Village

Carries culinary delights as well as soap and bath products from France.

Pétanque sets and accessories
Maison 140
Traditional French-inspired decor and modern chic housewares, the majority of stock is imported
from France.
140 Ninth Ave at 19th St, Tel: 212-255-0022

North American Online Bookstores

French Books Online

Amazon Canada


Foreign Book Source

Continental Book Company

Foreign Language Store

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books

Lectures de France

Barnes & Noble

French Online Bookstores


Amazon France



New York Public Library: World Languages Collection

For circulating materials, the largest branch of the NYPL is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) 455 Fifth Avenue (at 40th Street) New York NY. Multilingual materials are available across the many branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.

New York Public Library: General Research Division(collections do not circulate)
5th Ave & 42nd Street New York, NY 10018
Tel (212) 930-0831

Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch: Multilingual Center

Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY
Tel (718) 230-2417

Queens Public Library

Central Library: 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel : (718) 990-0714

Buy French magazines

– A&A Discounts One
838 Lexington Ave (bet. 63rd & 64th St) New York, NY 10021 Tel: (212) 888-1064

Resources for learning French

– Ideal Foreign Books
Specializes in French language learning, but also carry contemporary and classic French titles.
132-10 Hillside Ave. Jamaica, NY 11418
Tel: 718-297-7477

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books

A wide range of French language learning materials, dictionaries and textbooks.
76A Mount Auburn St. PO Box 182 Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 547-8855

Applause Learning Resources

Books, DVDs, posters, software, etc.
85 Fernwood Lane Roslyn, NY 11576
Tel: (800)227-5287

Continental Book Company

Find French language learning materials as well as popular novels and films.

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