Collections and services

Shared Heritages (Patrimoines partagés)

The websites of the collection “Shared Heritages” (Patrimoines partagés) intend to showcase the relations between France and the world, with collections originating from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.


Composed of complementary sets of thematic resources, they give access to documents scattered among various countries and partner institutions. Contextualised thanks to contributions from both French and international high-profile scholars, this common heritage can thus become the breeding ground for comparative and cross-disciplinary research.

Middle-Eastern Libraries (Bibliothèques d’Orient)


Middle-Eastern Libraries aims to preserve and enhance an exceptional documentary heritage by bringing together unique collections held at the BnF and in eight heritage and research libraries in Cairo and Alexandria, Jerusalem, Beirut and Istanbul. Introduced by thematic articles, the gathered collections bear witness to the exchanges between the Eastern Mediterranean countries and France over several centuries with an emphasis on the 1798-1945 period.

This website is trilingual: French, Arabic and English.


Press kit [file .pdf – 693 Ko – 17/10/06 – 11 p.]



The existence of numerous documents illustrating the political, economic, cultural and scientific Franco-Polish relations throughout the centuries attests to the wealth and consistency of these relations. Now scattered among multiple cultural institutions of both countries, this heritage allows us to retrace a common history. The BnF and the National Library of Poland are at the origin of the bilingual website France-Poland whose purpose is to illustrate the Franco-Polish relations from the Renaissance to the Second World War. A documentary selection made by scholars is presented in a hierarchical way in the form of major themes.



Opened in December 2014, this website celebrates the 90th anniversary of the cultural partnership between France and Japan, symbolised by the foundation of the Franco-Japanese House in Tokyo, i.e. the first French cultural institution in Japan, in 1924. France-Japan brings together all the BnF's documentary resources related to Franco-Japanese relations. A thematic narrative and journey in pictures bring to you rare or better known documents: Japanese prints, Japanese albums, photographs.



Launched in 2009 as part of the Year of France in Brazil, the website gives access to more than a thousand documents - printed texts, drawings, prints, photographs, maps - selected from both the BnF and the National Library of Brazil.

As a result of the collaboration between the two libraries, and thanks to to the support of researchers, bilingual editorial pages complete this digital collection devoted to the essential aspects of Franco-Brazilian relations.

This website is currently being enriched. It will be re-posted by the end of 2018.


Communiqué de presse [fichier .pdf – 64 Ko – 04/06/09 – 1 p.]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


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