We are thrilled to announce the return of curbside pickup from the French Cultural Center with the help of our friends at La Voile and Bar à Vin 1855 on Newbury Street! Curbside pickup will take place on Tuesdays between 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM at Bar à vin 1855, located at 259 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 (directly next to La Voile).

In order to celebrate this partnership, we’re launching with a limited time offer for the first two months of our revamped service. Customers of our curbside pickup service will be eligible to receive a free glass of crémant and a free dessert when you order an appetizer and an entree during lunch or dinner hours at La Voile Newbury on any Tuesday.*


To take advantage of this offer:
You need to be a member of the French Cultural Center and borrow books from the curbside pick up hosted at Bar à vin 1855, directly next to La Voile, with Ingrid. Upon your pickup, you will receive a voucher that can be used during lunch and dinner hours on any Tuesday during the offer period (February 16th - April 14th). Keep this voucher, as it will be collected by La Voile staff.

The voucher will be valid for the two first months of our partnership, only on Tuesday (can be used either for lunch or dinner on site, or for in-person orders of take out. Not valid through delivery or apps.) This offer can't be combined with another benefit like restaurant week or the 10% discount for the center's members.

While this special offer is exclusive to our Tuesday pick up, don’t forget that members of the Center have the benefit of 10% off of their food during a visit to La Voile’s locations in the Back Bay and Brookline. Find out more about membership benefits through our Club Avantage!



Holds will need to be placed by 5PM on the preceding Sunday. Holds must be part of the Temporary Collection in our online catalog in order to be filled for pickup.

After the library team receives your hold requests, a pickup time will be arranged by email for available resources, when you will be directed to an online Sign Up Genius form to select your pickup time between 3:30 and 7:30PM on Tuesday.


When you receive the email to schedule your pickup, please also let library staff know if you’d like to purchase a $5 tote bag to help support the Center (and contain your holds!). Our totes have been quarantined with the books. Please note that library staff are taking every precaution for your and their own safety. Staff will be wearing face masks, respecting social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and sanitizing the pickup table. 



Placing a hold on an item can be done using the library’s online system, KOHA. The specific temporary collection can be found using this direct link or by clicking the following on our website:

In KOHA, you can login using your Center-created username and password. Your username is your first initial followed by your last name (ex: John Doe would be jdoe) and your password is automatically set to the last four digits of the number on your membership card.

Please contact librarian@frenchculturalcenter.org if you need assistance resetting your account information. 

Browse our Temporary Collection by scrolling through the pages of available titles. You can also use the “sort” function to organize the list by author, title, call number, copyright date, or date added. Sorting by “Call number (Z-A)” is especially helpful as a way to browse by collection, starting with YA novels and ending with nonfiction titles for adults.

Some codes to know for children’s materials: “BOARD” is for board books, “JI” is for picture books, “JR” is for middle grade novels while “JR Niveau #” is for easy readers, “YA” is for young adult novels. If you’d like some clarification regarding collection codes, reach out to your librarian.

Once you’ve found the title you’d like to request from our Temporary Collection, you can place a hold directly using the “Place hold” clickable text under the star rating system or by clicking into the item’s record. If you choose the second option, your screen should look like this:

From this page, you can click “Place hold” at the top of the column to the right, housed in the gray text box.
Using either method will take you to a confirmation page. This page will say “Confirm holds for: FIRSTNAME LASTNAME (00000xxxx)

When you click “Confirm hold,” KOHA will take you to your list of placed holds. This list will mark your holds as “pending” until they are checked out to you on the day you choose to pick them up.

If you would like the librarian’s help to place your first hold, please contact librarian@frenchculturalcenter.org to set up a time for a Zoom call.




When you are 5 minutes away from Bar 1855 on the Tuesday that you have signed up to pick up your holds, please call the number listed in your holds confirmation email. The librarian will place your books (in a stack or tote bag, if you opt to purchase one. This can be done by credit card over the phone before picking up your materials) on a table in the vestibule of Bar 1855, located at 259 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116. When you see the librarian go back inside, please come and pick up your materials.

Items checked out using curbside pickup will be subject to our normal lending periods and fines. Books will be available for a period of 3 weeks, with one automatic renewal for items that have not been placed on hold by another patron. DVDs and games will be available for 2 weeks with no renewals. Books returned late will be charged $0.10 per day, per item. DVDs returned late will be charged $1 per day, per item. A note with this reminder will be included with your materials.




Please email Ingrid at librarian@frenchculturalcenter.org in order to arrange for in-person returns (exclusively on Tuesdays between 3:30Pm and 7:30PM) or returns by mail using the USPS media mail option. Do NOT return books to La Voile, Bar à vin 1855, or to 53 Marlborough Street. These books will not get to Center staff and you will be charged for their replacement.