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Discover Independent Music with our New Streaming Service

1Dtouch Listening Station at La Médiathèque

What is 1Dtouch?
It is the first fair-trade streaming service dedicated to independent musical creation. With more than a million titles from over 68,000 independent artists, the platform aims to offer a great variety of music to a large public.

What does independent mean?
1D touch supports cultural diversity by promoting artists who have not signed on one of the three multinational labels.

What type of music can I listen to ?
All genres of music can be found in the 1Dtouch catalogue, which aims to complement the diversity of the CD collection of the library.

How to use the 1Dtouch listening station?
– The listening station is freely available to everyone, whether you are a member of the library or not.
– Please use the headphones provided for your own privacy and to keep noise to a minimum.
– Use of the station is not limited in time but please allow others access if you see they want to use it too.

How to listen to music on the station?
At La Médiathèque, there are three main sections on the left hand-side menu:
Discover allows you to enjoy the latest releases as well as the other selections put together by the library (on the right).
Browse lets you search for music by genre, or for a specific artist or title (on the top right).
My music gives you access to the selections and playlists and also allows you to create and suggest your own ones!

Enjoy 1Dtouch from your home!
1Dtouch is also accessible for free on Sign up for free and enjoy the best independent music on offer, from your preferred device (computer, laptop, tablet). Our new online music service is the perfect companion to our CD collection.




From rock, pop and dance, to jazz and classical music, La Médiathèque is buzzing with an incredible music selection. Discover, read and listen to the hottest French artists with this summery selection.

Marguerite, dir. by X. Giannoli | DVD with Fr. subs

L’écume des jours, dir. by M. Gondry | DVD

La Mome, dir. by O. Dahan | DVD with Eng. subs

Le baiser dans la nuque, by H. Boris | Novel

Ma vie avec Mozart, by E.-E. Schmitt | Novel

Dans les rapides, by M. de Kerangal | Novel

Ravel, by J. Echenoz | Novel

Jazz en tête, by F. Chavouet | Graphic Novel

Gainsbourg (hors champ), by J. Sfar | Graphic Novel

Culturethèque Meets Camille | Culturethèque Video

Le plus petit baiser jamais recensé, by Mathias Malzieu | Culturethèque – eBook

Le rock à l’endroit : Une histoire des lieux du rock en France, by Christophe Deniau | Non-Fiction Book

Keep up with the latest French gigs and tours in the UK

Pick an album from our Culturethèque selections and listen to it on the 1Dtouch platform, the first fair-trade streaming service dedicated to independent musical creation.




Our Cinema specialist’s choices

Frantz, dir. by F. Ozon, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)

Just after the Great War, in a small German town, Anna returns each day to the cemetery to the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who died on the frontlines in France.
But this particular day, Adrien, a young Frenchman, has come to lay flowers on the grave of his German friend.
The presence of a Frenchman after the German defeat gives rise to passionate reactions in the town.

La Danseuse, dir. by Stéphanie di Giusto, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
Loïe Fuller was born in the American West. Nothing in her background prepared this robust cowgirl to become the toast of the Parisian cabarets of La Belle Epoque, even less to dance on the stage of the Paris Opera. Then she invents the “Serpentine Dance.” Hidden by yards of floating fabric, her arms extended by two wooden poles, as she moves beneath the stage lights; Loïe becomes a flower, a butterfly, flames, and each night crowds call out for more. But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Our Children’s Librarians like

Océano, by Anouck & Louis Rigaud | Pop-up Book

Comptines pour Compter by C. Hudrisier | Audio Book

Maman Renard, by Amandine Momenceau | Picture Books

Un si terrible secret, by Evelyn Brisou-Pellen | Teens’ Novel

Mercredi, by Anne Bertier | Picture Book

Our literature expert recommends

La Nuit pour adresse, by Maud Simonnot | Novel (in French)

The French Art of War, by Alexis Jenni (translated by Franck Wynne) | Novel (in English)

Celui qui est digne d’être aimé, by Abdellah Taïa | Novel (in French)

En Finir avec Eddy Bellegueule, by Edouard Louis | Novel
also available in English : The End of Eddy

Boussole, by Mathias Enard | Culturethèque – eBook

Maylis De Kerangal Reads Excerpts | Podcast – Culturetheque

Our Music expert recommends

Le rock à l’endroit : Une histoire des lieux du rock en France, by Christophe Deniau | Non-Fiction Book

Ibifornia, by Cassius, 2016 | CD- Electro

Mammifères, by Christophe Miossec, 2016 | CD – Chanson française

Doni doni, by Erik Truffaz Quartet. Foufino productions, 2016 | CD – Jazz

Fearless, by Marian Kaye.Capitol, 2015 | CD- Pop

Our Comic book specialist says

La Légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse | Comic Book

Coquelicots d’Irak, by B. Findakly & L. Trondheim | Comic Book

Bon baisers d’Iran, by Lenaïc Vilain | Comic Book

Culottées 2, by Pénélope Bagieu | Comic Book

Le Chat du Rabbin (Tome 6) : Tu n’auras pas d’autre dieu que moi, by Joann Sfar | Comic Book

Par les chemins noirs, by David B. | Comic Book

Jour J (27) : Les ombres de Constantinople, by Fred Duval & Jean-Pierre Pécau | Comic Book



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Thanks to this extension you can achieve researches and also browse your online account on YOUR Mobile.

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