Millions of resources freely accessible online

In this time of sanitary crisis which prompts us to stay home, the National Library of France keeps on making available the wealth of its collections and the breadth of its digital offer. Ebooks in ePub format, digital items, podcasts, apps, learning sites, media…. Millions of resources are freely available online to work, learn, relax and play. 

For all: read, look, listen

  • Thousands of books in ePub format

Several thousands of books can be downloaded freely in ePub format from Gallica, the BnF’s digital library. This format is especially suited to read on mobile devices (smartphones, eReaders, tablet computers. From the 1876 edition of Les travailleurs de la mer by Victor Hugo, illustrated by Daniel Vierge, to a selection of young adult literature (Jean de La Fontaine, Benjamin Rabier, Jules Verne…), we cater to the most diverse audiences.


Look, listen
  • Podcast and video conferences

Follow philosophy courses by François Jullien, listen to Alan Lee, the illustrator of Tolkien or listen to legendary theatre voices… the BnF’s conferences are available as podcasts on all dedicated apps and as video on

  • Virtual exhibitions

The website is the gateway to 98 virtual exhibitions classified in 6 thematic paths (Le livre et l’écrit, Écrivains et conteurs, Histoire des représentations, Arts et architecture, Photographie, Cartes, plans et globes). This is an opportunity to rediscover the online versions of some of the BnF’s major recent exhibitions such as: Paysages français, une aventure photographie 1984-2017 or Les Nadar, une légende photographique.


  • Millions of images online

Several portals allow one to dive into the wealth of the BnF’s heritage thanks to  selections in GallicaImages Bank as well as among hundreds of themes such as travel, nature images, culinary heritage, globes in 3D or ancient artifacts


  • Rediscovering our music collections 

BnF Collection Sonore (Sound Collection) offers online 45 000 albums released between 1949 and 1962 and available on all music platforms.

  • Travelling with Patrimoines partagés / Shared Heritage  

The digital collection Patrimoines partagés Patrimoines partagés / Shared Heritage brings together a set of digital libraries constituted by the BnF. It brings to life the richness of the ties established by France and the rest of the world across the centuries and put in light the global dimension of France’s past.

For teenagers and adults: learn, teach and play 

Learn, teach at home
  • : educational kits in history, literature, the arts, architecture and photography.

The portal is dedicated to consolidating knowledge and offers 80 educational kits and enhanced documentary resources : from Emile Zola to the Great War, from Francis the first to the novel Au Bonheur des Dames,

The « Essentiels de la Littérature » is an introduction to French literary works and French authors of the 18th and 19th century. 

From kindergarten to high school, Gallica’s enhanced selections bring together free of charge numerous educational resources.

To play and to escape
  • Colouring books and games gives also access to Gallica’s coloring sheets and coloring albums, thematically classified: alphabet books, animals, circus, fairy tales, image books, games, means of transportation, landscapes, plants, advertizments.

Various games invite users to follow the  traces of Ulysse, to become King Arthur in a role-playing game or to pierce  the mysteries of the Kingdom of Istyald in a video game.

  • Playful apps

The BnF has created apps to engage in a playful way with its collections through creating a pictorial narrative with BDnF, or kind monsters with Fabricabrac

For researchers and students

Holders of a Pass Recherche  can access distantly electronic resources, that is about a hundred thematic databases (press, law, sciences…) and 100 000 ebooks.

Tools to assist you in a search such as dedicated portals (sustainable development, Press and media) or bibliographies are available: from Jane Austen to preparing entrance exams for teaching jobs, CAPES and Agrégation, in history, geography or even philosophy.

Gallica regroups also digitized reference works organized in disciplines.