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Make a commercial use of a reproduction

You already have reproductions of BnF documents, from the public domain or not, and you would like to use them in a sold publication (nonprofit, academic and scientific publications included), an exhibition, an audiovisual production, a paying product or service, even paid by a third party, on a medium used for promotional or commercial purposes. These commercial uses are subject to an authorization and the payment of a use fee, separated from the payment of possible reproduction works of documents. These uses are part of the writ n°2016-307 of March 17, 2016 (title II of book III in the code of relations between the public and the administration).

Non-commercial use of documents is open and free of charge in accordance with the current legislation, especially the maintenance of the source of the document: BnF or Bibliothèque nationale de France.

ATTENTION: the declaration and payment of the use fee only concern the use of BnF documents and are not an image order. If you also would like to order reproductions, please consult the following page:

Declare a commercial use

When you order reproductions, on estimate or online from Gallica or the Catalogue général, you will be submitted a question about your commercial use at the end of the purchase process, in case of a positive answer, an online declaration form will be submitted.

If you already have images, the declaration form below must be filled as soon as possible for any commercial use project. This form is also available in the section « Mes achats » of your personal account if you have one.

Pay the fee and get an authorization of use

The use fee can either (according to the customer’s choice) be paid after the declaration or upon publication which is based on the sending of a copy of the publication to the Reproduction department. According to the choice made in the declaration, you will obtain a temporary or final authorization of use.


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

Commercial use fees

Detailed prices below are set per image unless otherwise stated. We remind you that potential reproduction works (technical charges) are invoiced independently.

Discounts are applied depending on the total number of images used in the same project:

  • from 10 to 19: -10%
  • from 20 to 29: -20%
  • from 30: negotiated fee
Book, Press and periodical (electronic version included)
Location Fee ex. VAT
Inside page 60 €
Vignette (smaller than 1/8 page) 30 €
Cover 180 €

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

- 80 % for academic publications (non-profit publications included)

Web and mobile application
Fee ex. VAT
Content presented on any web or mobile devices 60 €
Fee ex. VAT
TV (Catch-up-VOD-DVD included) 75 €
Webdocumentary (DVD-VOD included) 75 €
VOD-DVD-CD only 75 €
Cinema (All media included) 150 €
Fee ex. VAT
All content presented on exhibition stands, except catalogue and by-products 100 €
Communication and advertising
Fee ex. VAT
All content presented on any communication media Negotiated fee depending on the project economy
By-products and decoration
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
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

The minimum amount to be applied for all license fee invoices is set at 6 euros excluding Tax.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


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