Collections and services

Ask a librarian (SINDBAD)

SINDBAD (Service d'INformation Des Bibliothécaires A Distance) is a free reference service providing

  • document references (books, journals, music CDs, films, etc.) on all subjects
  • and factual information : biographical elements, facts, figures and dates.

Up to 15 bibliographical references can be provided ; maximum time allocated to searching is 1 to 2 hours per answer. Response is provided within 3 business days to questions asked using the form.

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You can also ask a librarian by :

33 (0)1-53-79-55-00
from Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 1.00pm

Bibliothèque nationale de France
Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13

Response is provided within 15 days to questions sent by post.

It depends on how complex the search may be. The service will keep you informed (maximum of 20 days).

Examples of questions you can ask SINDBAD

  • Do you have any manuscripts by Nathalie Sarraute ?
  • Do you have any documents about the physical principles that govern bridge construction ?
  • What documents about the market for child care products are available for consultation at BnF ?
  • I am looking for information about vine growing in the 19th century.
  • How deep is the Bab el Mandeb strait?
  • When was Fedex (Federal Express Corporation) created ?
  • Who was l’Humanité's chief editor in 1962 ?
  • How many people suffer from Alzheimer's disease in France ?

Before asking your question, have you consulted the BnF's online catalogue ?
To ask about cultural events, or practical information (access to reading rooms policy, reproductions of BnF materials , etc.) or a professional question (legal deposit, ISSN, etc.), use Write to BnF.

SINDBAD cannot respond to requests for :

  • in-depth bibliographies
  • estimates or appraisals
  • advice on legal or medical matters
  • press kits
  • market analyses
  • answers for contests or quizzes
  • assistance with school assignments

The information provided cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Monday, October 8, 2018