Outside The Library

The Library is spreading its wings!

Thanks to the precious support of the Conseil Départemental de Maine-et-Loire, and the help of the Bibliopôle, we have been working hard to extend the collection of books in English out into the different corners of the Maine-et-Loire. Collections of books in English are now available in some of the city libraries throughout the “departement” including:

Please do not hesitate to contact these libraries for your books!

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, a collection of books is available and monthly children’s activities at the “Médiathèque” in Chateau Gontier as well as a monthly conversation group in separate space. Please consult the library if you would like more information.


Monthly book table & activities: the English-language Library offers a book table and activities at the “Médiathèque” in Saumur one Wednesday a month from 2 to 6 pm with the following program:

  • From 2 to 6 p.m. -“Lending library”: for adults and children. Patrons of the “Médiathèque” may borrow English library books in Saumur using their membership card. Selection of books in English: 50 adult books (fiction and non-fiction), 50 children’s books and 20 DVDs are available and may be checked out until the following month. For special requests of titles, please inform us ahead of time and we would be happy to bring them along if they are available!
  • From 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. & 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Children’s Hour: The activity offers songs, nursery rhymes, stories and games in English for children aged 4 to 8.
  • From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Conversation group in English for adults led by a native-English speaker (meets every two weeks)
  • From 4 to 5 p.m. – Book Club: The Book Club meets once a month in the auditorium of the “Médiathèque” to discuss a book selected.

Creative Writing Workshop: join this creative writing group that takes place on one Saturday of each month from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Anne Woodford by email.

“Book Depot”: Each month 50 adult books and 20 DVDs are left in the foreign languages section at the “Médiathèque” and 50 children books are left in the children’s section. You can borrow these books using your Saumur membership card.

If you want to develop a collection of English books in your city, do not hesitate to contact us by email info@ellia.org or by phone: 02 41 24 97 07.