Collections and services

Ask for an estimate

Estimate request by form

If documents cannot be ordered online or are not mentioned in the Catalogue Général, if you encounter difficulties in your research, an estimate request form is available. Please use this form rather than any request sent by postal mail or e-mail. To finalize your estimate request, the creation of a personal account (Espace personnel BnF) is required. In this personal account, “Mes achats” section offers the possibility to consult and pay your estimates online, to be informed of your orders’ status, to get to your invoices and download your reproductions in digital format.

Following your request, an estimate is established by our librarians. A mail informs you when your estimate is available in “Mes achats” then “Devis” sections. If your request concerns documents housed in different departments, you may receive several spaced estimates. The manufacture of the product is launched after payment but requires prior approval from the Director of the Department housing the collection.

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Other modalities of estimate request

You can also write to the Reproduction Department by postal mail, fax or e-mail or submit it in person at one of the two reception desks. You should provide detailed bibliographic references of documents and specify the kind of service and format you would prefer.

Before filling the form

Document identification

The request should specify exactly the references of the document to reproduce. Considering the important number of orders processed, the Reproduction Department cannot achieve extensive bibliographic or iconographic research. Users can consult the BnF catalogues to find document references. The Ask a Librarian (SINDBAD) service can also assist them in their research.

Preliminary authorisations for documents under copyright

To order the reproduction of a document protected by copyright law, you should receive preliminary authorization from the author, his / her legal successors or the authority representing their interests. Fees for the authorization request are charged to the customer ordering the reproduction. The BnF invites you to consult the Guide de recherche des ayants droit (guide to assist you in your research of the author’s legal successors).


Guide de la recherche d’ayants droit [fichier .pdf – 167 Ko – 27/05/09]

Thursday, April 23, 2015


General terms and conditions of sale of the Reproduction Department [file .pdf – 69 Ko – 15/04/23 – 5 p.]

General terms of use of the commercial use licence [file .pdf – 31 Ko – 16/08/26 – 1 p.]