National Library of France
Collections and services
With its encyclopedic vocation, the Bibliographic Research Department (département de Recherche bibliographique) provides readers with access to library catalogs, encyclopedias, directories, guides, biographical dictionaries, and a large number of bibliographies, enabling them to make full use of BnF’s collections.
As a source of help in researching general topics or fields at the intersection of more than one discipline, the Bibliographic Research Department:
The Bibliographic Research Department has a presence both at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) in rooms E and X and at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu) in the reference room.
The department’s reference collections cover all topics, and more specifically the following:
To be noted
The department provides access in room X to many card catalogues from the former sections of the Bibbliothèque nationale :
The Library Research Guide (Guide de recherche en bibliothèque) provides more information, for example, about the unique tools available in room X:
The department also runs training sessions in using the BnF master catalog.
History of the department
The Bibliographic Research Department is heir to the Catalog Room in the former Printed Materials Department of the National Library. This room, on which work began in 1934 at the instigation of the administrator, Julien Cain, and which was completed in 1936, was already home to bibliographies and catalogs of all kinds, with the aim of assisting the Library’s readers.
Thursday, October 20, 2011