Collection

Digital collection

Art films
The médiathèque offers a wide selection of films for all tastes. The majority of the films have subtitles in the English and French languages. Cinema lovers will appreciate classic films from French cinema like, for example, works by director Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Alain Resnais and also films with such outstanding French actors of today such as Audrey Tautou, Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard and others. The films can be watched on site at the médiathèque, using the comfortably set up space, which has club chairs, a DVD player and a television.

Documentaries
French culture is rich and diverse. A collection of documentaries dedicated to the wide-ranging French culture and history – travel, historical events, cultural heritage and the lives of famous people – will help you get to know France in a special light…

Animation films
Children and adolescents are always welcome at the mediateque! Every little person will appreciate the diverse range of cartoons, for example, Trotro, Barbapapa or Astérix and Obelix, whereas the bigger ones will be captivated by the adventures of the Little Prince and Robinson Crusoe.

Music
Musical recordings by contemporary French performers are an important part of the médiathèque’s collection – Bénabar, Indochine, Stromae, as well as French chanson stars such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour or Georges Brassens. Musical recordings from classical, world music, jazz, pop and electronic music artists – everything to be discovered and rediscovered at the médiathèque!

Games and applications for tablets
A number of applications and collated thematic files are available at the médiathèque for all visitors who wish to improve their knowledge of the French language in an entertaining and captivating way, by moving through the virtual world. In this way, children and adults can find out about and view museums and libraries, prepare for a trip to France, play musical instruments or simply travel on the internet.

 

Reading

Literature
A wealth and diversity of French literature can be found at the médiathèque. Any reader can read the books on site or borrow such classic French works as Albert Camus’ The Plague, Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma, Moliere’s Tartuffe, as well as novels by modern French authors, for example, Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory, Guillaume Musso’s Girl on Paper and others.

Reference literature
Valuable books about all sorts of themes can be found in the mediateque collection – history, geography, politics and social sciences, art, cinema, music… A majority of them, covering a wide range of themes, are of an academic nature.

Comics
The most outstanding series of French comics form a large part of the mediateque’s collection – Gaston Lagaffe, Blake et Mortimer, Adèle Blanc- Sec

Children’s books
The médiathèque’s children’s corner is a place where the youngest ones of all, only just learning to read, can spend their time pleasantly flicking through picture albums or listening to audio books. The older ones can head off to read about wonderful adventures with the storybook heroes of Charles Perrault or Pierre Gripari.

French magazines and periodicals – freely available to everyone
One can find out about the latest events in France and around the world in the médiathèque’s selection of press publications, constituting about forty different French magazines and newspapers.

The French Institute’s médiathèque is the only place in Latvia, which offers such a wide choice of materials about modern France.

 

French language learning

The médiathèque offers a wide range of materials for learning the French language. Different learning methods, exercise books, dictionaries, self-learning methods in CD and DVD formats are a good guide for anyone who wants to learn or improve their existing French language skills. Teenagers will appreciate the teaching methods on offer at the médiathèque such as Sac à dos or Adosphère, but the younger ones will be attracted to the Ludo et ses amis or Grenadine learning methods.

At the médiathèque, learning materials are also available to prepare for DELF, DALF and TCF exams.