BnF - Bibliothèque nationale de France (The French National Library)
The Bibliothèque nationale de France, as it has been called since 1994, is the heir of the royal collections that were built up since the end of the Middle Ages. The BnF has collections which are unique in the world, with fifteen million books and reviews, but also manuscripts, stamps, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins... All the intellectual, artistic and scientific disciplines are represented in an encyclopaedic spirit. Its digital library, Gallica, means being able to consult free of charge over four million documents.

Idéo - Institut dominicain d'études orientales (Cairo)
This institute runs one of the largest specialist libraries in the field of Islamology, with over 130,000 volumes and 1,500 periodical titles. It contains more than 20,000 texts from Arab-Muslim heritage, as well as secondary literature in Arabic and in Western languages across the Arab-Muslim cultural spectrum.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica


L'IFAO - Institut français d'archéologie orientale (Cairo)
This institute has a library boasting some 53,600 publications and 1,060 periodical titles. Its collections contain publications related to the study of Egypt from prehistoric times up to the modern age. The main subject areas are Egyptology, Greco-Roman antiquity, papyrology and Byzantine, Coptic, Arabic and Islamic studies. The library also harbours a very rich collection of travellers' accounts.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica


Le CEAlex - Centre d'études alexandrines (Alexandria)
The centre specialises in all research into Alexandria from ancient times up to the modern day. Its library contains more than 15,000 titles and 3,200 periodical volumes. The map library and the archives department also have a wide range of resources (1,800 engravings, maps and plans, 100,000 photographs of excavations, museums and monuments in Alexandria, private family archives and archives belonging to Alexandrian institutions).
Access to their documents presented on Gallica

L'EBAF - Ecole biblique et archéologique française (Jerusalem)
This school holds over 150,000 volumes and 1,000 titles of specialist journals on the archaeology and literature of the ancient and recent Near East and ancient languages, as well as a large collection of topographic maps and plans. Its photograph collection dates back to the late 19th-early 20th centuries and contains some 15,000 glass negatives along with several thousand photos of the region.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica


La BO - Bibliothèque orientale de l'université Saint-Joseph (Beirut)
This library is home to more than 200,000 works, 1,800 newspaper and journal titles, 3,500 manuscripts, over 2,000 geographical maps and plans and a photo library with more than 70,000 photographic archives. It contains one of the largest collections of Christian Arabic manuscripts held in one place. The significance of its collections lies in the contribution they make to knowledge of scientific practices in the Medieval Arab world, and to that of the history and role of Eastern Christians, who passed on Greek science to classical Arab-Muslim civilisation.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica


L'IFPO - Institut français du Proche-Orient (Beirut)
This institute holds 125,000 works, 10,000 maps, 800 periodicals and 50,000 photographs bearing on Classical archaeology and science as well as medieval, modern and contemporary Arabic studies on the Near East.
Documents currently being integrated


L'IFEA - Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennnes (Istanbul)
This institute harbours around 40,000 works including 700 periodicals devoted both to archaeology in Asia Minor and to the history of the Ottoman Empire and modern day Turkey. The library has an extensive collection of works on Byzantine and Balkan studies as well as on Turkish architecture and art. It is also home to an exceptional collection of travel literature, some of which dates back to the 18th century, in addition to a large number of plans and maps of Istanbul.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica


SALT (Istanbul-Ankara)
SALT's ambition, through research programmes, is to shed light on everything that remains on the margins of national narrative and to reveal its flaws. By focusing on the visual practices, urban planning and economic and social history of Turkey and its surrounding areas, its archive collections play a key role in the institution's activities. In an approach where users take centre-stage, SALT relies on the latter and the stakeholders and makes all of its information sources freely accessible to those who play a part in producing knowledge.
Access to their documents presented on Gallica

With the support of :

The Total Foundation
             Plastic Omnium


Image caption : Ile d'Éléphantine et environs, vue d'un rocher de granit portant les traces de l'exploitation In: Recueil. Dessins pour l'ouvrage de la Commission d'Égypte, par E.-F. Jomard.