City and CUS libraries

The Pass'relle network means that there is always a library within easy reach

Under a CUS-led initiative, 29 libraries and media libraries joined together in 2007 to form the Pass'relle network, with its single membership card.

Use of the libraries and media libraries of the City and Urban Community of Strasbourg is free and open to all. They contain newspapers, magazines and books that can be read in the reading rooms, and also facilities for listening to music, watching the television and DVDs. Books, music and films can also be taken home using a Pass'relle membership card.

Other facilities include computers for consulting the media library catalogues, using the Internet, learning languages, reading the press and self learning, as well as an office suite for drafting documents. Computer initiation courses are given each week in the network.

Some libraries have also developed centres of excellence. The André Malraux media library, for example, is using the heritage fund of the City of Strasbourg to build up a centre for European Literature and Illustration. The Neudorf library has developed its own art library, while the Meinau specialises in dance, and the Olympe de Gouges takes a special interest in gender studies. Pass'relle is also part of the "BiblioSésame" national distance learning network

The libraries' website, www.mediatheques-cus.fr offers detailed descriptions of each library, as well as distance services including access to the catalogue and member accounts, to websites such as MusicMe and language and IT self learning sites, theme-based bibliographies and the programme of cultural activities.

Over 600 cultural events are organised each year throughout the network, including shows for kids, projections, concerts, workshops, readings, meetings and conferences. These events are free and open to all (subject to availability).