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Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, known in English as the National Library of France, is committed to collecting, conserving, enriching, and communicating nationally and globally published or historical works covering all fields of knowledge.

Cataloguing a Nation's Past and Present

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Bibliothéque National de France (BnF) was opened to the public in 1992 and is today under the supervision of France's Ministry of Culture. The Library – a repository housing all works published in France along with extensive historic collections – traces its roots to the royal library established by Charles V at Louvre Palace in 1368. Today, the BnF is home to the world's largest collection of medieval and modern manuscripts, including approximately 5,000 of Ancient Greek origins. The BnF's work is driven by two central goals: to collect, catalog, and conserve France's national heritage through published documents and, to ensure public access to its vast collections. It operates five public and online sites, as well as various reading rooms, research centers, and foreign language learning laboratories. Further, BnF hosts temporary exhibitions, symposia, concerts, conferences, and a plethora of other cultural and educational programming activities throughout the year.

GRoW Support


Acquisition – Marcel Proust's L'Agenda, 1906


Acquisition – Saint Catherine Manuscript


General Operating Support