It was originally intended, in part, to help train French librarians. That portion of the mission did not last, but its mission to provide English language library service has continued. The library once had branches in other large towns in France, but those have been absorbed by university libraries or closed. As far as our guide was aware, this library is the only one of its kind in continental Europe.
The library provides a wide variety of services. It provides computer access, free wifi, children’s and adults’ programming, bibliographic instruction (in the library and at local schools), exhibitions, talks, cultural programs, and movie nights.