La Souterraine English Library & Information Centre

Welcome to the English Library and Information Centre, La Souterraine


  • Quiz Friday 21 October – booking now available
  • New exhibition of paintings

More details on all these events further down the page ……

Macmillan Coffee Morning Success

We are delighted to report that the Macmillan coffee morning was very successful and raised €300.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the event such a success.

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French Lessons

Looking to improve your spoken French language with some fun, interactive conversational lessons? Weekly tasks to incorporate what has been covered in class via email, including a summary of topics covered each week.

Lizzie Snowden is doing the following french lessons at the library:

Monday morning: Beginners 8:30-9:30h, Intermediate 9:45-10:45h and Intermediate plus from 11.00-12.00h.
Friday morning: Beginners 9:45-10:45h, Intermediate 11:00-12:00h starting 21 October.

There is no charge for missed weeks/holidays and if you have any questions or want to get in touch to  confirm attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Lizzie via email or by telephoning 07840 55672.  The cost is €10 per lesson to include a hot drink.

New Exhibition of Paintings

This month and next, we are showing the work of a local lady artist, Mme Josette Rosier.

Mme Rosier took up painting when she retired, and has found it to be both mentally and physically rewarding. She uses many mediums, examples of which can be seen in the colourful display on our walls. Bright and lively they make the café light up.

The paintings can be bought and if you are interested, and speak some french, please contact Mrs Rosier directly. If you are not comfortable with your french, then contact Alan Whitten via e-mail on

Art Group

So far, there have been two successful meetings of the Art Group with everyone enjoying themselve,s but we have had to change the day of the group’s meetings.

Therefore, the next meeting is on Wednesday 26 October at 09:30h for 2 to 2.5 hours and fortnightly on a Wednesday thereafter.

The cost will be €2 to include a cup of coffee.  For further information, please contact Glyn.

Library Membership

We encourage everyone to attends the library to become a member.  Membership of the library is great value at €12 per household for the year from 1 January to 31 December.  New members joining part-way through the year will pay €1/month up to 31 December.

  • You can access the online form  here (you do not need to complete another form at the library)
  • You can print off a form, complete it at home and take it into the library with your subscription
  • Or you can visit the library, ask for a form and complete and pay there.

Upcoming Events

  • There will be a quiz at the library on Friday 21 October at 19:00h run along the lines of previous ones: teams/tables of 4 people at a cost of €5/person, bring your own food and drinks and, if you are on your own or a couple, we can put you in touch with others to make up a team of 4.  There will be prizes at the end of the quiz.  If you want to attend, please email Jan McGenn on to book your place.

Local Authors

We have now compiled a list of local authors who are associated with the library.  Click on the link to have a look and you can also find their work on our bookshelves so do have a look.  We have some very talented local people.

Assembly Generale Minutes

There was a great turnout for the annual Assembly Generale and we would like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend and those who volunteered to join conseil. The draft minutes are now here.

Bank Holiday Closing Dates

Library conseil met on Monday 18 January and agreed bank holiday library closing dates for 2016.  These will be as follows:

  • Thursday 14 July        Bastille Day
  • Monday 15 August    Assumption
  • Friday 11 November  Armistice Day

Many of France’s public holidays fall on a Sunday in 2016 which will not affect the library’s opening hours.

For the summer, we will close from Monday 1 August and reopen on Monday 22 August.

For the Christmas/New Year period, our last opening day will be Saturday 17 December when we will have the library’s annual At Home event.  We will then reopen on Monday 9 January 2017.

New Book Purchases

Do you know that the library also buys a lot of books as well as receiving book donations?  We have compiled a list of books already purchased which you can find here.  If you would like the library to purchase a particular book, please talk to the librarians but please bear in mind that we don’t have unlimited funds.

Suggestions from Members

Please keep the suggestions coming in but please make them constructive and useful. We’re getting a lot of repetive suggestions so please have a look at what people have already suggested here.


library-entrance2The library building is an historic building dating from the 15th century and belongs to the La Souterraine mairie who kindly allow us to use it rent free. The library is an association and was founded in 2009. Read more about the library.