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La Médiathèque and the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake will be closed on Thu 27 & Fri 28 April . We apologise for the inconvenience.

French Lab

Your next trip to France starts now!
This new section offers all language students the materials and services to enhance their learning experience. Check out multimedia materials and language books organised by learning level and marked with a coloured sticker.
→ New resources and textbooks covering the latest publications
→ Thousands of fiction books and audio books organised by language level
→ A film list, offering a selection of French DVDs by language level.
→ New digital tools and Apps to enhance your language learning experience.
→ Monthly Easy French Kit, offering the latest French news and content

Thousands of titles providing theoretical material for professional development and hands-on information to help in the preparing of classes. Subjects range from linguistics, history of the French language, francophonie, intercultural issues, the European Framework, teaching children, and more!
→ New resources and textbooks covering the latest publication.
→ Available for all to work and read on site
→ Available to borrow for Members – French Language teachers are entitled to a concession




Discover our selection of French poets, word artists and musicians to warm up for the new Music rendezvous series at La Médiathèque.

Enjoy 1Dtouch from your home!
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.
It is 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.

Marguerite, dir. by Xavier Giannoli | DVD (French subtitles available)

Gainsbourg – The Untold Story of a Musical Icon, dir. by Joan Sfar | DVD (English subtitles available)

La Vie en Rose, dir. by Olivier Dahan | DVD (English subtitles available)

Les Inrockuptibles | Magazine – Culturethèque

Foucault, sa pensée, sa personne, by Paul Veyne | eBook – Culturethèque

Le chanteur sans nom, by Olivier Balez | Graphic Novel

Le top 100 de la chanson française, by Frédéric Platzer | Non fiction Book

Monstres sacrés : portraits de la chanson française, by Jean-Michel Boris | Non fiction Book

Anthologie des bourdes et autres curiosités de la chanson française, by Christophe Emault | Non Fiction Book

Je vais pas me taire parce que t’as mal aux yeux : autopsie de la chanson française, by Sarah Dahan | Non Fiction Book




Our Cinema specialist’s picks

Microbe & Gasoil, dir. by Michel Gondry, 2016 | DVD (French & English subtitles available)
Microbe is a timid child, often immersed in drawing. Gasoil, an inventive and cheeky boy, winds up in Microbe’s class in the middle of the year. A close friendship immediately forms between them.
As summer vacation approaches, the two friends have no desire to spend two months with their families. Making use of a lawn mower and a few planks of wood, they build their own “car” and set off to travel through France…

La dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil, dir. by Joann Sfar | DVD (French subtitles available)
She is a redhead and a liar like no other, she is the most myopic, sentimental, genuine, disconcerting, stubborn, and worrying of heroines. The woman in the car has never seen the sea, she flees from the police and constantly repeats that she isn’t crazy… And yet…

Our Children’s Librarian loves

Guide à l’usage des parents d’enfants bilingues, by Barbara Abdelilah-Bauer | Non Fiction Book

L’histoire de France en BD : De 1789 à nos jours !, by Jeanne-A Debats | Young Readers Novel

Scribble & Ink, by Ethan Long | Picture Book

Oscar et ses supers-pouvoirs, by Mélanie Walsh | Picture Book

Discover our handpicked selection on of the latest Children’s e-book on Culturethèque.

Our Language Students expert recommends

For beginners – Niveau A
French conversation demystified, by Eliane Kurbegov, | Book and CD

Parlons Mode, français professionnel : Niveau A2- B1, by Malika Belghazi | Book

French in a Day, by Elisabeth Smith | Audio Book

French Verb Tenses, by Jeffrey Chamberlain | Book

French For Primary School Teachers, by Angela McLachlan | Book & CD

Se présenter : Bien dire essentials : Niveau A1 | Audio book

For Intermediates – Niveau B
La grammaire du français en 40 leçons et 201 activités, by Patrick Guédon | Book & CD

Perceval, by Chrétien de Troyes | Book & CD

Word Up, le dico de l’argot bilingue, by Maison des langues | Bilingual dictionary

Brush up your French with hundreds of online language resources on Culturethèque !

Our Arts expert says

Le puits des oiseaux : nature morte, by Jean Christophe Bailly | Photography Book

Le voyage d’un peintre chinois en Bretagne, by Yi fu He | Fine Art Book

Gérard Fromanger : exposition, by Centre Pompidou, Michel Gauthier | Exhibition Catalogue

Artographic : Les artistes de XXe siècle de A à Z, by Andy Tuohy | Art Book

Soulages, Papiers, by Pierre Soulages & Jean-Louis Andral | Exhibition Catalogue

Le dessin de presse dans tous ses États, by Gallimard & Cartooning For Peace | Illustration Book

Our Music expert recommends

Tree of Life, by Yodelice | Mercury records, 2016 | CD – Rock

L’insouciance, by Baptiste W. Hamon | Manassas éditions, 2016 | CD – Folk

Chaleur Humaine, by Christine & the Queens | CD – pop

Né So, by Rokiay Traoré |Warner, 2016 | CD – World music

Discover Culturethèque’s extensive music selection! Browse through 68,000 artists from independent labels featured on 1Dtouch, a new fair-trade digital music platform available on Culturethèque, the free digital plateform of the Institut français.

Our Comic book specialist says

Line of Fire, Diary of a an unknown soldier, by Barroux | Comic Book

Okko 10 : Le cycle du vide 2, by Hub | Comic Book

Samurai 10 : Ririko, by Di Giorgio | Comic Book

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

From classic comic books to the latest graphic novels, there are hundreds of new titles every week on Culturethèque.

Our literature specialist loves

La Fille de Brooklyn, by G. Musso | Novel

Babylone, by Yasmina Reza | Novel

De nos Frères blessés, by J. Andras | Novel (First Novel Goncourt Prize 2016)

Chanson Douce, by Leïla Slimani | Novel (Goncourt Prize 2016)

Petits riens pour jours absolus, by G. Goffette (2016) | Poems

Le vent se lève, by S. Avon (2016) | Novel

Le bon Fils, by D. Michellis | Novel

What are you reading? Find all the classics and just-released novels from across the Channel on the Instiut’s digital platform Culturethèque.

News Kids!

C’est les vacances ! Writing Workshops

Discover our range of activities for Kids and find the one that suits you best : here

FOCUS : Celebrating the “Grande Guerre” Centenary (1914-2014)

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.
This year, visit La Mediatheque, to learn about the First World War through the voices, books and pictures of those who were there.


An extension of our online catalogue makes it available for last generation phones and tablets – all platforms including:
Windows 8

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

Hurry up to discover our mobile friendly catalogue by connecting yourself to it thanks to our mobile.

Discover Culturethèque in picture motion

Experience Culturethèque with our two new videos dedicated to our digital platform, offering more than 10,000 free French content to all UK residents.

Discover Culturethèque in picture motion

Experience more from Culturethèque with our tutorial video