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Focus on the digital library Gallica

Developed by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), Gallica is a platform providing access to public domain and copyrighted digital material. The project is part of a European program in which the BnF is the French aggregate for the implementation of « Europeana », the European digital library.

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has been digitising its public domain documents for more than 10 years; as a result, several tens of thousand books, images, periodicals and sound recordings have been put online. The valuable collections available via Gallica as well as the scientific, historical and cultural interest of the digital library make it a highly-appreciated service. To make it even better, the BnF has just started a wide digitisation and re-formatting programme (the files formerly digitised only in image mode are re-formatted in text mode) so as to enhance its heritage collection and improve search and viewing services.



To complete the digitised collections, an experiment is under way to enable wide access to copyrighted digital documents, via Gallica. The Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Syndicat national de l’Edition (French Publishers Association), the Direction du Livre et de la lecture (Book and Reading Directorate) and the Centre national du Livre (National Center for the Book) work together to find legal and technical solutions as well as a business model that will allow online access to recently published books in the strict observance of the copyright law.


Books - Culturethèque

  • Culturethèque


    Available now! Culturethèque is the digital platform of your multimedia library.You can access hundreds of thousands of documentary resources for free, with a few clicks of your mouse, thanks to a powerful search engine.These include books, audio books, videos, newspapers, magazines and journals,… Read more
  • Culturethèque

    A website on Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, mysterious founder of the French Congo

    Since 1999, the French delegation for national commemorations has built a network of websites dedicated to specific anniversaries and commemorations. In this regard, an amazing website about Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, mysterious founder of the French Congo, was created for the centenary of his… Read more
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    A website dedicated to Henri the 4th, one of France greatest king

    A very rich website commemorates Henri the 4th of France, a key figure to understand the economic, military and cultural prowess of France during the 17th century. The country was ruined by a terrible war of religion between Catholic and Protestants when he ascended the throne of France in 1589.… Read more