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The SINDBAD service (Service d’Information Des Bibliothécaires A Distance) provides free document references on all topics and factual information (facts, figures, dates).

If you are looking for a document or practical information regarding the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the online chat (from 1PM to 5PM) will give you the quick answer you need. 


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SINBAD is a free service and the information it provides is not meant for commercial use.
Regular requests can take up to 2 hours. You will be provided with a quick bibliography containing up to 15 references.
SINDBAD does not treat the following requests:
  • In-depth bibliographies
  • Expertise and financial quotes
  • Law-related and medical consultations
  • Press documents
  • Market analyses
  • Assisting with school assignments 

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    Bibliothèque nationale de France
    Quai François Mauriac 
    75706 Paris cedex 13 FRANCE
    Response is provided within 15 days to questions sent by post.

    It depends on how complex the search may be. The service will keep you informed (maximum of 20 days).

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Looking for an answer 

A selection of questions and answers processed by SINBAD is regularly updated in the BnF knowledge base. You can search by theme or look for a precise topic. The BNF knowledge base is hosted on the Question Point website, a collaborative software which supports questions and answers. 

Question Point searches all the words you type in your question and answer text. You can use quote marks


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