The Department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington pursues teaching and research related to French and Italian language, literature, and culture. Faculty interests fall into three basic areas: French and francophone literature and culture; French linguistics; and Italian literature and culture. Within each of these three divisions there exists a broad range of specialization. The primary clientele for the Libraries' collections in French and Italian are faculty, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates in the department, but also scholars and students from other departments who are pursuing interdisciplinary research and studies.
The collection has grown along with the university and covers, for the most part at the research level, the history and criticism of French and Italian literature; fiction, poetry, drama, theater, and other materials relating to French and Italian letters and literary life; publications in those two languages about literature, its subdivisions and aspects; and most categories of linguistic materials in French, with somewhat less comprehensive coverage for Italian. Historical strengths include Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot; Renaissance literature; materials published after World War II and especially since 1950, including contemporary poetry; and Francophone literature from outside of France.
The bulk of the collection is housed in the Wells Library and the Auxiliary Library Facility. Related collection locations include the Lilly Library and the Kinsey Library.