In Brest, the media libraries offer accessible culture for all Brest residents!

If you live in Brest, you are lucky to have not one, but eight media libraries

to satisfy your thirst for reading or other cultures essential to your life: video games, magazines or DVDs, language learning, everything is there, you just have to choose the one that will meet your cultural desires and are closest to your house !

Where are the media libraries in Brest?

The François Mitterrand des Capucins media library:

This media library is located next to the cable car station: Ateliers. It is the largest in Brest. In addition to finding your favorite books, you can borrow board games, musical scores, CDs, learn foreign languages ​​with books (English, Arabic, Malagasy, etc.) and even the Breton language (e Brezhoneg) and discover everything the heritage of Brittany. Opportunity to play video games with free access (Wii, PS 4, Xbox, virtual reality headset, etc.) and to discover temporary exhibitions which are generally free entry. The media library also has a 195-seat auditorium.

Opening hours of the Capucins media library:
Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The media library is open on Sundays from September to June from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It is open non-stop, all day.

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The Bellevue media library:

It is located on Place Napoléon III, on the 1st floor of the Brest 2 shopping centre.
The big plus of this media library in Brest is that you will be able to enjoy stories especially in French sign language, and librarians will also be able to welcome you with this same language. Many temporary exhibitions are planned in this media library. Changing tables are available for toddlers since reading sessions are offered to babies from 3 months to 3 years old. 12,000 comics and manga. Do not miss !

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Opening hours of the Bellevue media library:
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Cavale Blanche media library:

This small media library, located on Place Jack London, will allow you to recharge your batteries in reading. And it also holds a temporary exhibition. Story sessions for children from 4 years old.

The opening hours of the media library of the white cavalry:
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
And Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The media library of the four mills:

In the four mills media library, which is located near the four mills school group, you will be entitled to loan of reading lightsstories for babies and children from 3 months.

The opening hours of the media library of the four mills:
Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lambézellec media library:

The Lambézellec media library is located near the Place des FFI. In addition to stories for children, it allows the loan of readers, games and access to digital tablets.

The opening hours of the Lambézellec media library:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
And on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Saint-Marc media library:

The Saint-Marc media library is located on Place Vinet. She stands out with her outdoor reading area with deckchairs so that they can enjoy the rays of the sun when they want to go out. She also has a reading corner for young dyslexics and also audio books.

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The opening hours of the Saint-Marc media library:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Saint-Martin media library:

The Saint-Martin place Guérin media library includes a outdoor reading corner in the gardena novels reading club for adults, a grain library.

The opening hours of the Saint-Martin media library:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Thursday.

The European media library:

The Europe media library is located at the Europe tram stop. Its plus is that it has books in foreign languages, perfect if you want to deepen a language. Possibility to borrow CDs. Free concerts from time to time. Story sessions for little ones from 3 months.

Opening hours of the Europe media library:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Practical information on media libraries in Brest

Brest’s media libraries are all open access free of charge thanks to subscription cards:

  • A web map for over 14s, to consult the computers up to 1h30/day. Valid for one year.
  • A junior card, up to 14 years old, to consult and borrow your books or others free of charge. Valid for one year.
  • A teenager & adult cardwhich is free from 14 to 25 years old and valid for one year or 3 months.
  • For those over 25, you will have to pay the modest sum of €13/year. Cards for those over 25 can be free under certain conditions:
    • Jobseekers
    • People with low incomes. Coefficient less than or equal to €510.
    • CMU-C holder
    • Beneficiaries: RSA (active solidarity income)
    • AAH (disabled adult allowance)
    • ASPA (solidarity allowance for the elderly
    • ATA (temporary waiting allowance)
    • ASS (specific solidarity allowance)
    • ASI (additional disability allowance)
    • ADA (allowance for asylum seekers)

    For registration :

    An identity document and a registration form or parental authorization are required. (downloadable from the Brest media libraries website or directly on site.)
    For recipients, supporting documents are required.

    To return your books, you can slip them into one of the return boxes accessible in all media libraries.

    You will have access to a personal space where you will have the opportunity to extend your loans, reserve books, find out the favorites of Brest librarians, discover the schedule of temporary exhibitions, etc.

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All Brest media libraries are accessible for the disabled. They are all equipped with computer stations to do your research or connect to your e-mail. You will find the largest number of internet access stations at the Capucins media library.
There is a wifi access in all media libraries except that of Saint-Marc.

In conclusion, it’s up to you to see which media library will be the best for you, and cultivate yourself effectively thanks to your network of particularly competent media libraries in Brest!

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