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You are drafting a report for school but cannot find the information you are looking for? You are preparing an important presentation and would like to get your facts checked? In France, several bilingual services provided by public libraries can help you. BiblioSésame is a free Q&A interface where you can post questions in English or in French about any topic of general knowledge trough its "Ask a librarian" form. The platform will then dispatch your question in its network of participating public libraries to a librarian specialised in the field of your question and you should get an answer in 3 days.
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Books - Culturethèque

  • Culturethèque


    Available now! Culturethèque is the digital platform of your multimedia library.You can access hundreds of thousands of documentary resources for free, with a few clicks of your mouse, thanks to a powerful search engine.These include books, audio books, videos, newspapers, magazines and journals,… Read more
  • Culturethèque

    A website on Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, mysterious founder of the French Congo

    Since 1999, the French delegation for national commemorations has built a network of websites dedicated to specific anniversaries and commemorations. In this regard, an amazing website about Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, mysterious founder of the French Congo, was created for the centenary of his… Read more
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    A website dedicated to Henri the 4th, one of France greatest king

    A very rich website commemorates Henri the 4th of France, a key figure to understand the economic, military and cultural prowess of France during the 17th century. The country was ruined by a terrible war of religion between Catholic and Protestants when he ascended the throne of France in 1589.… Read more