Soutenez la BnF
Search Form

Collections and services

The departments

Science and Technology Department

To be noted

The department holds a very large collection of theses in printed and microfiche form, covering all disciplines. In particular, this includes all French theses transferred to microfiche by the National Technical Research Association (Association Nationale de la Recherche Technique/ANRT) since 1985. The department also holds a collection of French standards.

History of the department

The decision to create the Science and Technology Department was made when designing what was to become, in 1994, the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This institution was formed by merging the former National Library with the Établissement public de la Bibliothèque de France.

The department’s collections include both:

  • Heritage documents arising from the topical division of collections belonging to the former Printed Materials Department of the National Library. These collections include extensive material obtained under the legal deposit scheme and revolutionary seizures, as well as acquisitions, donations, and bequests. They include the majority of documents printed in France since the 16th century.
  • Documents acquired from 1991 onwards for the open-access collections held at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand).
For more info

History of the BnF

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Michel Netzer
Telephone : 01 53 79 51 52
Fax : 01 53 79 41 70
To write to the department, use our « Ask a librarian service » (SINDBAD).