French and Francophone

French resources

5. French resources in Maghreb

5.1 Documentation Centres, Cultural Centres

Documentation Centres in France

Association France-Algérie
Cultural association aimed at contributing to the development of bilateral relations between France and Algeria.

Centre de Documentation historique de l’Algérie

Access to 100,000 documents including books, memoirs, theses, postal cards, objects and archival sources.

Centre Culturel Algérien de Paris
The library of the centre is a useful resource on Algeria, the Maghreb and the Arab world. Hosts more than 30.000 items in French and Arabic, such as books, magazines, thesis and periodicals and gives access to a variety of documentary resources ranging from art, sociology, history, literature, tourism and travel. The online catalogue can be accessed from here.

Institut du Monde Arabe

An important cultural and literary resource on the Maghreb, the library of the Institute gives access to more than 85.000 items (books, documentary sources, journals, rare books, etc.). Primarily French and Arabic resources, but resources in other European languages are also available.

The development of an online catalogue is currently in progress. In meantime, questions can be sent to the librarian service.

Librairie Avicenne

Specialist bookshop on the Maghreb, with access to books in French and Arabic.


Documentation Centres in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia  

Centre de Documentation Economique et Sociale d’Oran, Oran

The Centre gives access to a range of documentary resources including books, theses, periodic journals and maps.    

Centre National de Documentation, Haut Commissariat du Royaume de Maroc

The Centre’s research portal ABHATOO gives access to a variety of sources, textual, visual and audio, relating to all aspects of the social and economic life of contemporary Morocco.

Centre de Documentation Nationale (CDN), Tunis

The collection of the CDN consists primarily of newspapers, notably: Tunisie Française (since 1900), Petit Matin(1920, Tunis Soir (1930), and Journal Officiel (1881).

Particularly helpful are the “dossiers de presse” treating a wide variety of subjects. Most materials are on microfilm (source taken from here)