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Bibliothèque nationale de France

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The Bibliothèque nationale de France (French: [biblijɔtɛk nɑsjɔnal fʁɑ̃s]; 'National Library of France'; BnF) is the national library of France, located in Paris on two main sites known respectively as Richelieu and François-Mitterrand. It is the national repository of all that is published in France. Some of its extensive collections, including books and manuscripts but also precious objects and artworks, are on display at the BnF Museum (formerly known as the Cabinet des Médailles) on the Richelieu site.

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National Library of France
Bibliothèque nationale de France
LocationParis, France
Established1461; 562 years ago (1461)[1]
Items collectedBooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and manuscripts
Size42M items
including 16M books, 410,000 journals, 950,000 maps, 2M music sheets. 48B web archives equivalent to 1,800 terabytes [2]
Access and use
Access requirementsOpen to anyone with a need to use the collections and services
Other information
Budget€254 million[2]
DirectorLaurence Engel
Employees2,300 (in French)

The National Library of France is a public establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. Its mission is to constitute collections, especially the copies of works published in France that must, by law, be deposited there, conserve them, and make them available to the public. It produces a reference catalogue, cooperates with other national and international establishments, as well as participates in research programs.

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