Preservation and expertise at BnF

The Preservation Division offers services for external institutions, libraries and archives, as part of its various production activities.

Preservation and expertise: Cire 213 (wax)

A clear, odorless, and insecticidal wax for treating and maintaining leather bindings, marketed under license from CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research).

Developed by the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections (CRCC), a laboratory of CNRS, Cire 213 is manufactured under license and marketed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It is especially recommended for the care of damaged leathers.

Cire 213 is an emulsion manufactured with a base of neat's foot oil, which nourishes and rehydrates leather. It provides essential elements that allow dry and cracked leather to recover some of its suppleness. This wax has a neutral to slightly alkaline pH, ensuring perfect compatibility with leather.


please notice that Cire 213 cannot be used to treat highly damaged leathers such as abraded, brittle or pulverulent leathers.

Cost :
  • 50 ml: 7 € (tax incl.) (5.83 euros, excl. tax)
  • 200 ml: 25 € (tax incl.) (20.83 euros, excl. tax)

To purchase this product, contact:
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Service commercial
Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13
Phone : 01 53 79 81 73
Fax : 01 53 79 81 72
Email :

Monday, July 7, 2014

For more info

Produits dérivés et autres articles : cire 213

l’entretien du cuir [fichier .pdf – 177 Ko – 2 p.]