The library

Arts and Creative Industries

Dibuka is the Francophone multimedia library of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). Based at the Alliance Française, it aims to promote French language and Francophone cultures. Dibuka opens up a rich world for any age group with over 20 000 books, DVDs, learning materials etc. to choose from as well as regular cultural events. It also offers access to the Culturethèque, an online library portal with even more resources.

Library opening times

Tuesday 09:30 – 12:30
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 14:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 12:30
Closed on Mondays, Sundays and local public holidays.

Alliance Française Johannesburg 17 Lower Park Drive – Parkview – Johannesburg


How to borrow documents

On-site consultation of books and magazines of the library is free, but library membership is necessary to borrow documents. Library members may borrow for a period of three weeks:
– 10 books (Magazines, BDs, Novels…)
– 3 CDs
– 2 DVDs

How to become a member
Get in touch with us on or 011 727 5101


What do we offer?



With a few clicks, if you are a Dibuka member, kid or adult, access thousands of free documentary resources: books, audio-books, newspapers, magazines, music, comics etc. Discover the online wealth of contemporary French and Francophone digital offerings wherever you are, whenever you want. Register for Culturethèque on:


The learner’s section

The Learner’s section is a section specifically designed to support all students, regardless of their level of French language learning. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, you will find documents which will enable you to further indorse yourself into the French language.
The idea behind a Learner’s Library is to provide a user-friendly resource system that indicates the level of difficulty ranging from levels A1 to C1, providing a wide range of topics concerning French culture as well as linguistic tuition materials.

How to become a member?

R300 / year – Standard fee

R150 / year – Under 18 years / over 60 years.
– Students in schools and universities.
– Alliance française students.

Free – Students studying French in universities.
– Teachers and lecturers of French in schools and universities.
– Members of Alliance Française, French Embassy, French Consulate and IFAS.

Membership upon presentation of an identity document, proof of residence and justification of discounted or free membership. The membership fee is not refundable.

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