La Souterraine English Library & Information Centre

Welcome to the English Library and Information Centre, La Souterraine


  • Library closure in July – The library will be closed on Thursday 13, Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Monday 17 July 2017
  • Library closure in August – The library will be closed from Monday 31 July and reopen on Monday 7 August
  • Art Exhibition for June – Library Art Group
  • Draft Assemblee Generale Minutes available

More details further down the page ……

  • French Conversation group at the French library – no meetings in June but will resume on Tuesday 11 July

New Membership Numbers and Cards

New membership cards and membership numbers are now ready to collect from the library.  Please ask at the desk for your card.  Members must show their cards when borrowing books and/or DVDs and when attending library group meetings.  Further information can be found here.

Volunteers Wanted

We continue to look for volunteers to help in the library, the cafe and at specific events.  If you haven’t already offered your services, please do.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know some new people and do something different.  Please contact for further information.  We’d love to hear from you.

Draft Assemblee General Minutes

The draft minutes of the library’s Assemblee Generale held on 29 March are here to view.

NEW Art Exhibition from the Library Art Group

The Art Group started in September 2016, very tentatively at first as we had no idea how much interest there would be amongst library members.  Gradually, the numbers increased and we had to split the lessons over two mornings a week to allow all of our art class members enough space to draw!!

When first starting, many of our members said they could not draw or had no idea where to start, but when it comes to it we all want to learn and so that desire motivates us to be determined to do well.  Of course, as with all things new to us, guidance and plenty of practice are key components of success and I hope that the weekly guidance and practice have both entertained and energized our members with new skills and talents.

Our members are a very mixed group with mixed experience, abilities and styles but all have a desire for everyone in the group to enjoy their time creating art.  If you would like to have a go, come along and we’ll all support your desire to learn more about creating art.

We meet for classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings between 09.30h and 12.00h at the library.  The cost per class is €5 and coffee and biscuits are included.

Please contact: Glyn Smith
Phone: 05 55 63 14 82 or send a message via

Library Survey

A summary of the library survey is now available to view here along with the graphs of the Yes, No and Don’t Know answers.  All individual responses are available in the library to view in a folder along with hard copies of the graphs and summary report.  Findings and actions will also be highlighted at the Assembly Generale at the end of March.  Thank you to all our members who took the time to complete the survey and to give us their views.

Library Closures for 2017

The library will be closed on the following dates:

Monday 17 April – Easter Monday (lundi de Paques)
Monday 1 May – Labour Day (Fete du Travail)
Monday 8 May – VE Day (Victoire en Europe)
Thursday 25 May – Ascension Day (jour de l’Ascension)
Monday 5 June – Whit Monday (lundi de Pentecote)
Thursday 13, Friday 14 (Bastille day), Saturday 15 and Monday 17 July
Monday 31 July and reopen on Monday 7 August
Saturday 11 November – Armistice Day (jour de l’Armistice)
Monday 25 December – Christmas Day (jour de Noel)

Brocante News

Brocante will no longer be displayed in the foyer and we are planning to hold a sale every three months to raise funds for the library. We would still like your donations of brocante which MUST be taken upstairs and given to the librarian. We welcome all donations in good, clean condition but cannot accept any electrical items as we cannot guarantee their safety. Please do not leave any donations in the foyer. Thank you for your donations.

Upcoming Events

  • Our new Events Committee met last week to plan for the remainder of this year.  They’re planning some fun events, including a barn dance  and a petanque match, so watch this space for further information.

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.

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 we’d appreciate them being constructive and useful. If any of our members have questions they would like answers to, please make a point of talking to one of conseil.  We’re all available via the links on this website.  Just complete a contact form and we’ll get back to you.  Suggestions already made are available to see 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.