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Dibuka - the francophone multimedia library of Johannesburg



Dibuka is a multi-media library focussing on France and contemporary francophone culture, the result of a partnership between the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance française of Johannesburg.

The library offers to the general public almost 20 000 documents for adults, teenagers and children: books, comics, CD's and videos (French cinema and documentaries, French Press, manuals to learn French, French language teaching aid and more...


17 Lower Park Drive - Parkview - Johannesburg

Opening hours:
Tuesday : 9h30 to 12h30 & 14h00 to 19h30

Wednesday : 9h30 to 12h30 & 14h00 to 19h30

Thursday : 8h30 to 12h30 & 14h00 to 19h30

Friday : 9h30 to 12h30 & 14h00 to 18h00

Saturdays: 9h30 to 13h30


How to become a member?

First think you need to read and accept our Terms and conditions!

Subscription for 12 months:
Individuals: R200
Students, scholars and Alliance Française students: R100

Please present the following on application:
Identity document
Proof of domicile
Where appropriate: student card, proof of inscription as a Alliance Française student, proof of teacher of French status


Contact info:

Tel. (+27) 11 646 1115 Fax. (+27) 11 646 1128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Books - Events & News

  • 2021-Dibuka-close-june-banner

    Dibuka Library is closed until further notice

    Due to the current situation, and the Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, your favourite library in town will unfortunately be closed until further notice. Read more
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    Events and News

    Somebody Told Me - An Audio Theatre Experience

    Put on your headphones, sit back and make yourself comfortable! Are you ready? Come and follow the adventure of 5 travellers embarking on a dreamy, fun and quirky journey aboard a hot-air balloon.Somebody Told Me was born out of an international collaboration between five actors who have selected… Read more
  • 2020-dibuka-re-open3

    Dibuka is reopening, by appointment only!

    The Francophone multimedia library Dibuka is slowly reopening, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. And because we've missed you so much, we, at the French Institute and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, have prepared some surprise bags for you! SURPRISE BAGS AT DIBUKA WHAT ? We… Read more

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