Collections and services

For professionals

A dedicated team for a personalized service

If you are a publisher, an iconographer, a professional in audiovisual, communication or in multimedia, a decorator etc. The “Professionals” team of the Reproduction department offers you a customized service to meet your specific needs.

Librarians specialized in the iconographic collections of the BnF will help you in your images research and if necessary will propose you more documents to complete your project.

Before or during your project, for a personalized support, you can contact:

Ordering and using images at the BnF

The reproduction works (technical costs) payable at the moment of the order must be distinguished from the commercial use fee which will be invoiced independently and after the declaration or publication of your project.

How to order images?

On our bases available online, images that are already digitized, quickly delivered via the BnF personal space:

On Gallica (over a million iconographic documents: photographs, prints, maps and plans, posters, illuminations, press front pages…): online purchase of the high definition thanks to the « Order a reproduction » functionality, delivery within the hour.

On the Picture collection - Purchase online or on estimate – delivery within 24 to 48 hours.

On Mandragore (manuscripts) Purchase on estimate.

Non digitized images can be identified in the records of the « Catalogue général ».

You can order them by using an estimate request or send an email to especially if you want to order a lot of images.

How to declare a commercial use?

The use of BnF images, in the public domain or not, in a sold publication (nonprofit, academic and scientific publications included), an exhibition, an audiovisual production, a paying service or product, even paid by a third party, on a medium used for promotional or commercial purposes, is subject to an authorization and the payment of a use fee.

To declare a commercial use of ordered images, you will be submitted a question about your use and a form at the end of the purchase process (purchase on estimate or online).

In case you already have images, you can declare your commercial use now; obtain an authorization of use and an assessment of your fee by connecting yourself to your personal account and by clicking on « Déclarer une utilisation commerciale » under the section « Mes achats ».

If you don’t have a personal account, please use this declaration of commercial use form.


This form has a price simulator so you can quickly get an assessment of your fee without validating it.

Plan your budget

Prices for the purchase of a HD image and its use (except special discount)

Technical charges are 25€ for a HD image and 50€ for a Premium image, these are the two main products ordered by the professionals. These prices are fixed regardless of the quantity ordered and if the image is digitized or existing.

Discounts on the « use fee » part only are applied according to the total number of images used in a same project:

  • from 10 to 19 images : -10%
  • from 20 to 29 images : -20%
  • from 30 images : negotiated fee

An increase is applied in case of a distribution in several countries: +50%

NB: if you already have images, you will only have to pay the use fee part.

Book, Press and periodical (electronic version included)
Location Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
Inside page 25 € + 60 €
Vignette (smaller than 1/8 page) 25 € + 30 €
Cover 25 € + 180 €
- 80 % for academic publications
Web and mobile application
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
Content presented on any web or mobile devices 25 € + 60 €
Audiovisual (multidiffusion)
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
TV (Catch-up-VOD-DVD included) 25 € + 75 €
Webdocumentary (DVD-VOD included) 25 € + 75 €
VOD-DVD-CD only 25 € + 75 €
Cinema (All media included) 25 € + 150 €
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
All content presented presented on exhibition stands, except for catalogues and by-products 25 € + 100 €
Advertising, communication
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
All content presented on any communication media Negotiated fee depending on the project economy
By-products and decoration
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
Posters, postcards, calendars, card games, stamps, stationary, packaging, objects, decoration materials… Negotiated percentage on the amount of sales depending on the project economy
Facsimiles editions and full reproduction
Fee ex. VAT
(Technical charges + use fee)
Full reproduction of a document: publishing or republishing identically, full rematerialization and print on demand, e-book, website... Negotiated percentage on the amount of sales depending on the project economy

Thursday, May 31, 2018