Collections and services
Cosmographie universelle, selon les navigateurs tant anciens que modernes. Guillaume Le Testu. 1555. Detail of a plate. Digitized atlas available in Gallica
The documents selected by the BnF illustrate the French written heritage and its influence in Europe and worldwide. They compose an encyclopaedic and comprehensive library, representative of major French authors and of the various trends of reflection and research over the centuries. Gathering rare or not easily available documents, this selection is completed by documents allowing to place these works in their intellectual context. They are illustrated by contemporary writers’ memoirs or described and commented in reference tools (dictionaries, bibliographies).
Staff members responsible for the enrichment of Gallica also work with researchers to collaborate on the major current research trends.
Various fields of interest – history, literature, sciences, philosophy, law, economics and politics – are represented.
In digital collections, priority is given to French-speaking culture; however, some foreign classics are also available in their original language or in a translated version.
Société Auer. Lampe O. R. électrique. Leonetto Cappiello. 1912. Digitized poster available in Gallica
The Gallica collection provides access to the following collections.
These collections are digitized by the BnF in the framework of mass digitization and/or backup programmes.
These collections from public partner institutions (libraries, research centres…) were selected because of their scientific complementarity and technical compatibility with the BnF collections. These documents are indexed in Gallica but remain available via the partner institution’s website.
To accompany the web-users in the discovery of its digital contents, Gallica created:
Le Livre des merveilles. Marco Polo. Translated into French by Jean Le Long. 15th century. Detail of an illumination. Digitized manuscript available in Gallica
In cooperation with European national libraries and publishers, the BnF works about the construction of Europeana, the European digital library providing access, via the Internet, to several million digitized documents representative of the European historical and cultural heritage. To this end, Gallica content is regularly harvested by Europeana.
Les mandragores du Ferghana.-Qazwînî, 'Adjâ'ib al-Mahlûqât (transl. Rûdûsîzâde).-Istanbul, 17th century. Turkish supplement 1063, fol. 17v
The BnF proposes two other more specific repositories of digital documents:
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