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France & French Collections at the Library of Congress

Open-Access Resources

Our Little French Cousin. 1905. Library of Congress Digital Collections.

Searchable online databases provide full-text access to both current and historical content. Some databases are freely available and others require a subscription. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library. The Library's open-access databases are listed below as well as external links to resources, and research guides. Research Guides are available for almost all regions of the world and for a huge variety of subjects ranging from Latinx Resources on Civil Rights to Women in the French Revolution. Researchers can search by subject, research center or keyword. When searching at the collection level guides can be sorted alphabetically, most recent, or by popularity.

Digitized books at the Library of Congress are growing daily, especially older publications that are free of copyright restrictions. Search the Library's Digital Collections using keywords and limits such as audio, prints and photographs, manuscripts, maps, music, software, newspapers or periodicals. If onsite, patrons may use our Stacks database to access thousands of titles including the antique editions of the American children's book series, Our Little Cousin. These non-fiction books were geared toward children and describe the lives of various children in different countries during different period in history. They can be windows into the stereotypes and cultural climate of the times.

The selection includes open-access scholarly resources in French studies, as well as more specific subject guides on topics such as the French student riots of 1968. For other open access resources try searching Internet Archive, HathiTrust and Gallica, the digital Library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

External Links to French Resources

Specialized Subject Guides, Webinars & Presentations on France

"Occupy Rousseau: Inequality & Social Justice" was an international panel discussion presented by the Embassy of Switzerland and the European Division. It was held at the Library of Congress on March 27th, 2012 and included the scholars, Dr. Guillaume Chenevière, Dr. Michael O'Dea and Dr. James Swensen. Dr. Carol Armbruster, former French Area Specialist at the Library of Congress, presented each speaker.

Foreign Legal Specialist Nicolas Boring discusses the Napoleonic Code's history, evolution, and legacy. This presentation touches not only on French law, but also the Civil Code's impact on other countries around the world, from Belgium to Haiti.