National Library of France
Collections and services
According to articles L131-1 à L133-1 et R131-1 à R133-1 of the Heritage Code, the library is in charge of collecting, preserving and making French internet websites available.
The most important crawls concern:
Harvesting is made by robots that copy the pages, images, animations, audio and video files. Then, the websites are dated and indexed to be available in the initial publication context, which allows to browse through the archives, from one link to another.
It is impossible to archive all sites and all sites’ pages. The BnF collects samples representative of French websites, combining two strategies:
© David Paul Carr / BnF
At the end of 2013, BnF’s internet archives had collected 21.2 billion files; some files date back to 1996. Search can be done by typing in the website’s name. Furthermore, a “guiding approach” focusing on a specific topic is proposed to have a first overview of the collection.
There is no list of websites available in the Internet archives. Search must be done in reading rooms via computers providing access to archives collections.
Access to the internet archives is possible for postgraduate students or for professional or personal use, if the need for material is justified.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Prior to your visit, you may e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to check if the website you need is available.
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