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BnF catalogue général

The catalogue général de la BnF, online catalog contains records for most of the documents kept at all BnF sites.


It currently contains records for:

  • books and periodicals stored on open and closed shelves,
  • sound recordings (78-rpm records, LPs, compact disks, and audio cassettes), videos (video cassettes and videodiscs), multimedia, and electronic materials stored on physical media (CD- and DVD-ROMs, video games),
  • part of the modern manuscripts and archival documents (pamphlets, programs, scenarii, newspaper clippings, typescripts, correspondence, autograph letters…) relating to performing arts and music (theatre, cinema, opera, ballet…) (Richelieu-Louvois and Opéra Libraries)
  • graphic documents: engravings, photographs, posters…
  • part of the cartographic documents (atlases, maps, plans, globes…)
  • part of the objects: engraved copper-plates and wood-blocks, lithographic stones, cloth…,
  • part of the printed and manuscript music scores,
  • part of the coins,
  • documents digitized by BnF,
  • part of microfiches and microfilms,
  • part of electronic periodicals of which BnF also has a printed version.

It does not currently have records for:

  • most of the manuscripts and archival holdings. The BnF archives et manuscrits online catalogue contains records of a part of manuscripts and archival holdings. Some of the catalogues of manuscripts have been digitized.
  • medals and antiques ; some of them are listed in the Catalog of medals and antiques
  • most works printed in non-Latin characters for which bibliographic records have not been transliterated into the Latin alphabet (the @ sign in a bibliographic record generally indicates the presence of non-Latin characters, currently unreadable) and which are listed in catalogs that have been digitised,
  • part of microfilm and microfiche holdings (including theses),
  • CD-ROMs and online databases BnF subscribes to, available in the reading rooms,
  • most of the online periodicals available in the reading rooms.

To be noted

Some of BnF collections are not listed in online catalogs.

Friday, February 10, 2017

See also

Page d'accueil catalogue général
Catalogue général

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