Bibliothèque nationale de France

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Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is one of the largest public and research libraries in the world with patrimonial collections in all areas of culture and knowledge and in a great variety of languages. The BnF began digitising its collections in the early 1990s and today, its digital library Gallica contains over 2 million digitised documents: manuscripts, sound materials and music score, books, images and over 800,000 newspapers issues, in French and other languages. They cover all domains of knowledge, with a specific focus in literature and history.

Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

BnF’s Services

Content creation

  • Image digitisation: Digitisation partnerships, BnF helps libraries, archives, government services, etc. to digitize their content. Partners contents are digitalized via the BnF digitalization programs, loaded into Gallica digital library, and finaly delivered to the partners.
  • OCR quality enhancement and adaptation
  • E-publishing
Services in content creation

Content preservation

  • Long-term preservation: BnF offers its long term archiving system (SPAR, Système de Préservation et d’Archivage Réparti) to any institution who wants to store digital content in a secure way.
Services in content preservation

Digital library platform

  • Workflow management tools (adaptation)
  • Deployment: Partners who want to set and run their own digital library web site can subscribe to the “Gallica Marque blanche” service: a “copy” of the Gallica web site is parametrized for the partner and loaded with the partners digital documents.
  • Integration of sources
Services related with Digital library platform


  • Print-on-demand: a reproduction of any document of the BnF collections can be ordered and delivered.
Services for exploitation


  • Harvesting: Partners who manage their own digitalization programs can have their digital documents indexed and harvested in order to be referenced into Gallica digital library.
  • Transformation between formats.
Services regarding Metadata

Professional training

  • General training: seminars, conferences, training (metadata, bibliographical catalogs, digital library and archiving services, open data, technical norms and standards, etc.)
Services of professional training

Impact services

The IMPACT Centre of Competence provides a number of services to Members and Pay As You Go clients, focused on support in implementing OCR solutions and building competence in staff involved in digitisation activities.