BnF cooperation with America and Asia

The BnF is at the center of an international reflection on the specific roles played by national libraries and more broadly on the challenges that libraries face as a whole along with other cultural establishments. It is involved in a variety of cooperative programs.


Relations between the Bibliothèque nationale de France and American cultural and scientific institutions have always been fruitful. They are currently focused particularly on shared digitisation programmes.

Dialogue on professional practices has intensified since 2008 and particularly with the libraries of Harvard and Stanford universities with which partnership agreements are being drawn up.

Website: « A França no Brasil / La France au Brésil »

The Bibliothèque nationale de France and the National Library of Brazil have set up a partnership for the digitisation and online accessibility of a series of representative works pertaining to the history of relations between France and Brazil from the first decades of the 16th century to the early 20th century.

The website, officially opened in 2009 in the framework of the Year of France in Brazil, gives access to over a thousand printed documents-texts, drawings, prints, photographs and maps, selected from the collection of the BnF and the National Library of Brazil.

Editorials, entirely bilingual and chosen jointly – drawn up with the support of scientific experts – complete this digital presentation which throws light on essential aspects of Franco-Brazilian relations.

For more info

Communiqué de presse [fichier .pdf – 64 Ko – 16/11/09 – 1 p.]

Website: « La France en Amérique / France in America »

Conceived in partnership with the Library of Congress in Washington, La France en Amérique / France in America is a bilingual digital library which explores the history of the French presence in North America from the 16th to the 19th century.

The website is the fruit of in-depth contacts between the two libraries which signed a cooperation agreement on the shared digitisation and online accessibility of complementary corpus drawn from their collections on the shared history of France and the United States.

In 2005, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Library of Congress each opened a bilingual website giving access in digital form to the same body of texts and images.

The World Digital Library

The Bibliothèque nationale de France is one of the partners involved in the World Digital Library (WDL), launched on 21 April 2009 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Digitised documents selected from its treasures are accessible, including one of the first recordings of La Marseillaise and the first known writing of François Rabelais.

The WDL publishes rare books, maps, manuscripts, films, photographs and sound recordings from libraries and cultural institutions around the world. Items on the WDL may be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline and advanced image-viewing. The initiative of this project came from the Library of Congress and UNESCO.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014