International bodies

The BnF's involvement in international professional organizations and associations leads to take part in the seminars and events in this category.

Specialised organizations

Performing arts

International Society of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS)

Founded in April 1954, SIBMAS' aim is to "promote research work and practical and theoretical studies in the various documentary fields of the performing arts". It holds a congress once every two years.

The BnF is a member of SIBMAS.

Audiovisual materials and music

International Association of Music Libraries (IAML)

Created in 1951, the IAML is an organization of more than 2000 members from nearly 45 countries. The association's members include not only the establishments that hold the main large music collections, but also professionals. It has set up national groups in more than twenty countries. The IAML is a participant in four documentary projects:

As a member of the IAML, the BnF takes part in the activities of the Mixed Commission on the International Inventory of Musical Literature (RILM) and in the Commissions on Audiovisual Materials and on Cataloging.

  • the RISM, International Inventory of Musical Sources (Répertoire international des sources musicales);
  • the RILM, International Inventory of Musical Literature (Répertoire international de littérature musicale);
  • the RIDIM, International Inventory of Musical Iconography (Répertoire international d’iconographie musicale);
  • the RIPM, International Inventory of the Musical Press (Répertoire international de la presse musicale).
  • International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

    The BnF participates in IASA activities through its Audiovisual Department. It is represented in the National Archive Section whose members meet to consider issues facing national archive, e.g. acquisition policies, legal deposit, the management of large collections, and in the Technical Committee which devotes itself to all technical aspects of sound recording, storage technologies and transfer and digitisation technologies.

Bibliophily and rare books

International Association of Bibliophily (AIB)

The Rare Books Reserve of the BnF sits on the AIB which has been contributing to the promotion of rare books since its creation in 1963.

Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

In 1990, the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) was launched on the initiative of the British Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, in order to create a database containing the bibliographic records of books printed in Europe before 1830.
The Heritage of the Printed Book database (HPB) contains more than a million references contributed by partner institutions, namely national and university libraries and a number of specialist institutions. The BnF's participation consists of contributing bibliographic records and providing printer-book seller authority records as a search tool.

As a member of the CERL, the BnF sits on the board of directors and has a representative on the executive committee


International Cartographic Association (ACI)

The BnF, through its Maps Department, regularly participates in the seminars organised by the ACI which aims to promote cartographic science worldwide.



ISSN - International Standard Serial Number

Meeting of the national directors of the ISSN network.
The ISSN National Centre in France has been within the BnF since its creation in 1974. It is a member of the ISSN network which is coordinated by the ISSN International Centre. The ISSN National Centre aims to coordinate and manage the numeric identification of any serial publication published or produced in France. ISSN records are accessible via the ISSN Register, an international database run by the ISSN International Centre.


International Numismatic Commission (INC)

The BnF is represented by its Coins, Medals and Antiques Department at the Office of the International Numismatics Commission.

Information technologies

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

EBLIDA is a non-for-profit non-governmental organization that represents professional information associations and organizations at European level within the European Commission. Its main activities concern information access, copyright, information technologies and actions involving the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It plays an important role in implementing the 2001 European directive on the standardization of copyright.

The BnF is an associate member of EBLIDA.

European Library Automation Group (ELAG)

ELAG is an organization comprising 450 members from 27 European countries. Every year it holds a conference on a particular theme. These annual meetings are a chance to present and discuss in detail subjects relating to the automating of libraries and are also an opportunity for more informal exchanges of ideas and experiences. The subjects covered are technical and are dealt with by participants who have an important role in the automation of European libraries or documentation centers.

The BnF participates in the annual conferences organized by ELAG and is more specifically involved in the field of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).

International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)

Since 2014, the BnF chairs the Consortium and participates to some research studies in a scientific manner.

Thursday, March 20, 2014