Preservation: training

Preservation: training courses

For professionals, BnF’s training offerings in the area of preservation are based around group continuing education courses in preservation.

Domestic courses

The library offers a fundamental course entitled “Caring for library collections”, which represents the core knowledge needed for any activity in this field. It is aimed at staff responsible for preservation.

International courses

  • Of a similar type to the domestic course, a course focusing on managing preservation projects is reserved for foreign professionals.
  • BnF also runs another international course on audiovisual library materials in conjunction with the Public Information Library (Bibliothèque publique d’information/BPI).
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Group internships

Individual courses

(Minimum length one week/maximum three months)

These are mainly advanced courses for staff and students in preservation and conservation.
Recommended acceptance criteria:

  • For courses on conservation, attendees should hold a “CAP” certificate of professional aptitude in manual binding or equivalent qualification.
  • Attendees should work for a French or foreign public library.
  • French and foreign students should have reached the end of a technical course.
  • Foreign attendees should have a good command of French.

These courses take place in BnF’s restoration workshops at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) and the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu) in Paris, at Bussy-Saint-Georges in the Paris region, and at Sablé-sur-Sarthe in western France, as well as in the library’s scientific laboratory.

For more information on training courses

Bibliothèque nationale de France - Preservation Services Department (Département de la Conservation)
E-mail :
David Moyal Tel : 33( 0)1 53 79 48 56 / 38 42
Brigitte Deleville Tel: 33 (0)1 53 79 38 43

Thursday, June 30, 2016


David Moyal
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