The collection consists of some 1700 volumes of French literary texts and secondary literature largely from the Maghreb and black Africa. The publications date from the 1950s onwards. The Library also has holdings on linguistic aspects of the Francophone area.
History and development
The collection began to be developed from 1976 and was much enhanced in 1979 when, as a result of general rationalization. the Francophone African collections of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in Oxford were transferred to the Taylorian. In 1983 Francophone African and Asian literature became a separate collection and was arranged by an in-house subject classification scheme.
The collection offers a substantial body of Francophone literature, both primary and secondary, alongside one of the largest collections in the UK of mainland French literature and with a full range of bibliographic and other reference material.
General arrangement and access regulations
Most of the collection is on open shelves for all members of the Library. Volumes are classified according to country and author/author as subject.Approximately 300 volumes are housed at an out-of-town Repository and can be ordered via the online catalogue for same day delivery.