Resources and Collections
Students and staff in the French Department have access to a number of important central resources as well as our own research collection.
Western Bank Library
The French Department holds a substantial collection of Francophone bandes dessinées (comics) dating from the 1930s to date, comprising, in particular, a complete collection of the seminal French publication Pilote.
Western Bank Library holds over 1.2 million items, with collections built up carefully and systematically over the years to ensure the provision of important books and major periodicals in all the main areas of French studies.
The Information Commons
The Information Commons, which opened early in 2007, is setting a new standard for learning and study environments which makes the University of Sheffield the envy of its competitors.
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Students of French will find the Information Commons generously stocked with key reference works including up-to-date dictionaries, grammar manuals and studies of modern and contemporary France and other Francophone countries.
Modern Languages Teaching Centre Resources
Students of French have access to the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. This centre offers
facilities for supervised tuition or private study across a wide range of major and minor European languages. The MLTC also organises Tandem Learning between Sheffield students and foreign students participating in exchange programmes with the University of Sheffield. Students of French can team up with French exchange students and brush up their language skills while helping their partners to improve their English.
French Comics Archive
The collection comprises thousands of bande dessinée strips produced by some of the medium´s most famous and celebrated scénaristes and dessinateurs.
In addition to magazines and albums spanning a period of over sixty years of production – the period during which bande dessinée underwent a profound thematic and graphic evolution – the archive includes hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about bande dessinée together with articles reproduced from academic journals from the immediate post-war to date.
There are also reproductions of bande dessinée from numerous radical and rare magazines from the 1950s through to the mid 1970s. The comics resource is the only one of its kind in the UK.
The link below takes you to the website of the International Bande Dessinée Society (IBDS). Once there, click on Archives to access the Sheffield Comics Archive.