L’Alpha – Médiathèque du Grand Angoulême

Why we love

Alpha is at the heart of a network of 22 local media libraries in the GrandAngoulême conurbation.

Designed by Françoise Raynaud from Loci Anima, the Alpha offers unprecedented views of the territory through the stacking of its 5 boxes forming an A towards the sky... the A of the Alpha.
A real place of relaxation and leisure for everyone, but also families and groups, L'Alpha offers a multitude of free services: an unprecedented documentary offer in Charente bringing together 150.000 documents in one place, access to online resources, rooms and workspaces, a rich and diversified cultural program, a 90-seat auditorium, an exhibition hall associated with a café offering catering throughout the day (brunch on Saturdays) and a personalized welcome thanks to its 2 entrances (station side and Houmeau district).
The Alpha is the equipment that accompanies all users of GrandAngoulême throughout their lives: spaces designed for early childhood (temporary reception area for 18 months - 5 years old), furniture adapted to all disabilities (tele-enlargers, Braille keyboard, magnetic loops, etc.), workspaces and funds dedicated to employment and professional careers. Connected to the world of images and comics, L'Alpha offers a fund dedicated to comics (18 comics), a large collection of films and play areas for all gamers (video games, tablets, online games...).
Built around its 3 worlds Imagine, Create and Understand, L'Alpha is a place where conviviality, culture, study, exchanges coexist in order to give each citizen the opportunity to better create, imagine and understand their life.


From 01 / 01 to 01 / 07
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 18:30 p.m. Thursday from 12 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

From 02 / 07 to 31 / 08
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 16 p.m.

From 01 / 09 to 31 / 12
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 18:30 p.m. Thursday from 12 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

Equipments & services


  • Toilets
  • Show room
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  • Room rentals
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Activities on site

  • Animation
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Show
  • Live Drama
  • Cultural leisure
  • Recreational leisure
  • Library - Media library
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Adapted tourism

  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Elevator to standards

Multimedia area