Photocopy, printing, photography

For legal and conservation reasons, the collections are under certain restrictions of reproduction. Any reproduction of a document is under the current legislation and the convention with the French Centre of Use of Copies (Centre français d’exploitation du droit de copie, CFC) : less than 10% of a book and less than 30% of a periodical.

Extension of the law to photography

The BnF extends digital photography to documents under copyright in all our reading rooms. This change, made possible by the evolution of legislation, facilitates study and research work.



Public and Research Library (all sites)

Digitization tents - BnF

BnF readers are allowed to take free pictures of documents in our collections with their personal equipment. These photos are restricted only to private use.

It is forbidden to take pictures of computer screens, audiovisual work stations or microform readers. Some documents (e.g. market studies) are not allowed to be photographed for legal reasons.

For fragile documents, the librarian might have to change conditions for a photoshoot.

Digitization tents are available in all reading rooms of the research library and the general public library. They allow common formats to be digitized in suitable lighting conditions. Readers must use their own reproduction devices (tablet, smartphone, etc.).


Public Library (Haut-de-jardin level) of the François-Mitterrand site

All documents freely available in the Public Library may be reproduced, except theses on microfiches and certain documents of the PRISME ressource centre (Pôle de Ressources et d’Information Sur le Monde de l’Entreprise).
Photocopiers are free of access in the reading rooms. You may pay in cash or by card.

Card vending machines:

  • in the reading rooms except rooms A, E and I.
  • only the vending machine in room J gives change .

Printing on computers

You can print or download digitised data on a computer in the reading rooms, under the restrictions of copyright and exclusively for private use. Documents of the digitized legal deposit (internet archives) are not allowed to be printed or downloaded.
You have to pay printings with SEDECO payment cards you can retrieve at the reading room’s desk. Downloading is free onall computers equipped with a USB slot.



Photocopies, reproductions of microforms and printings have to paid with a SEDECO card, sold in the photocopy spaces. The card, valid for one year, costs 2 € (comprising 1€ for copies).

The SEDECO photocopy card will no longer be functional at the end of the second quarter of 2021, readers are invited to use any balance that may be available before this date.


Tarifs des photocopies et impressions
  Size A4 size A3
0,20 €
0,30 €


0,35 €
0,59 €
1,50 €
1,50 €
0,15 €


Reproduction OF documents For a high resolution reproduction for a professional project, either personal or for research, please ask the Department of reproductions which disposes  of high-tech material.