National Library of France
Collections and services
Digital resourcesLes Signets de la BnF - Publications officielles
CatalogsCatalogue général de la BnF
Where to consult the documents ?Law, economics and politics department
Ask a librarianSINDBAD is a free virtual reference service providing document references and factual information. Ask a librarian (SINDBAD)
To be notedDue to the transfer of some collections to the technical center at Bussy-Saint-Georges, part of the official foreign publications kept in the Research library are unavailable until further notice. Those are books published before 1995 and journals published before 1990 kept under call numbers Jw, Kw, Mw, Nw, Ow (folio and quarto formats).
The collections held by the Reference and Research libraries include various types of documents: collections of texts (laws, decrees and case law, treaties, etc.), parliamentary publications and documents, official journals, publications and reports issued by executive authorities, statistics (both general and by subject), publications by central banks, etc. Bibliographical search tools (guides, indexes, inventories, etc.), most of which are freely accessible, make it easier to locate these documents.accessible, make it easier to locate these documents.
The Reference library’s selection of official publications is mainly focused on current events.
The largest collections relate to certain European Union member countries (including in particular Great Britain, and, to a lesser extent, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belgium), together with the United States and Canada.
The documents available on these countries reflect their political, legal, economic and social situations, as well as their international position. Other geographical regions are covered by a few reference publications such as general statistical directories.
The Research library covers a wider range of countries and documents and a broader chronological scope.
These collections are largely a result of international exchanges set up under the aegis of UNESCO after the Second World War.
BnF has particularly extensive collections in relation to certain specific countries and geographical regions (some European Union and OECD member countries, and certain French-speaking countries and countries historically linked to France).
The oldest (many date back to the early 19th century) and most extensive of these include the following:
Also worthy of mention are collections of official publications from the colonial era – Indochina, the Maghreb, and black Africa (early 19th century).
Friday, June 8, 2012