As the mirror of humankind, the world's documentary heritage that the BnF and eight other libraries bring together on this website paves the way for our common future. 

Founding Partners :


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 built up since the end of the Middle Ages. The unique collections of the BnF include fifteen million books and periodicals and also manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, music scores, coins... All intellectual, artistic and scientific disciplines are represented in an encyclopaedic spirit. Gallica, its digital library, provides free access to four million documents.

Idéo - Institut dominicain d'études orientales (Cairo)
With over 130,000 volumes and 1,500 periodicals, the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies runs one of the largest libraries specialising in Islamology. Its collections include over 20,000 texts belonging to the Arab and Islamic heritage as well as secondary literature in Arabic and Western languages covering all aspects of Arab and Islamic culture.
Access Idéo's documents available on Gallica


IFAO - Institut français d'archéologie orientale (Cairo)
The library of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology holds some 53,600 volumes and 1,060 periodicals. Its collections contain publications related to the study of Egypt from prehistoric times to the modern period. The main subjects are Egyptology, Greco-Roman antiquity, papyrology and Byzantine, Coptic, Arabic and Islamic studies. The library also owns a very rich collection of travellers' accounts.
Access IFAO's documents available on Gallica


CEAlex - Centre d'études alexandrines (Alexandria)
The Centre for Alexandrian Studies specialises in all aspects of research into Alexandria from ancient times to the present. Its library contains more than 15,000 titles and 3,200 periodicals. The map library and archives department also hold 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 CEAlex's documents available on Gallica

EBAF - Ecole biblique et archéologique française (Jerusalem)
The French Biblical and Archaeological 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 photography collection dates back to the late 19th-early 20th century and contains some 15,000 glass plate negatives alongside several thousand printed views of the region.
Access EBAF's documents available on Gallica


BO - Bibliothèque orientale de l'université Saint-Joseph (Beirut)
This Oriental Library of saint-Jospeh University is home to more than 200,000 volumes, 1,800 newspaper and journal titles, 3,500 manuscripts, over 2,000 maps and plans and a photo library holding over 70,000 archival pictures. It contains one of the largest collections of Arab Christian manuscripts held in one place. The significance of its collections lies in the contribution they make to the knowledge of scientific practices in the Medieval Arab world, and to that of the history and role of Eastern Christians, who passed on Greek sciences to the classical Arab and Islamic civilisation.
Access BO's documents available on Gallica


IFPO - Institut français du Proche-Orient (Beirut, Damas, Amman, Erbil)
The French Institute in the Near East has several branches with its various libraries holding a total of 125,000 volumes, 10,000 maps, 800 periodicals and 50,000 photographs covering classical archaeology and sciences as well as Arab medieval and modern studies and contemporary studies on the Near East and Iraq.
Access IFPO's documents available on Gallica


IFEA - Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennnes (Istanbul)
The French Institute of Anatolian Studies holds about 40,000 volumes including 700 periodicals devoted to the archaeology of Asia Minor and the history of the Ottoman Empire and contemporary 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 IFEA's documents available on Gallica


SALT (Istanbul and Ankara)
Besides being a Turkish contemporary art institution, SALT hosts the former Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Center, a specialised library and archive of physical and digital sources and documents on visual practices, the built environment, social life and economic history with an emphasis on Turkey - primarily Istanbul - from the late 19th century to the present and the geographies of the Southeast Mediterranean and Southeast Europe. Its collections include over 1,3 million archival documents accessible in digital format to researchers and over 16,000 monographs and 1,200 periodicals.    

Access SALT's documents available on Gallica

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The New York Public Library
Founded in 1895, NYPL is the USA's largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online, the Library holds more than 55 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world. On visitors can browse the Library’s immense collections, download e-books, and view more than 700,000 items from the award-winning Digital Collections.

Patrimoine du Proche-Orient
Heritage of the Near East is a sub-set of the digital collection Major Archaeological Sites published on line by the French Ministry of Culture. Its aim is to provide an overview and understanding of past civilisations and sites in the Near East that are under threat or attack. Covering Palmyra, Khorsabad, the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, the Krac des Chevaliers, cuneiform writing and several other topics, French archaeologists highlight their research results along richly illustrated and easily accessible digital journeys.

Bibliothèques de l'Institut catholique de Paris (ICP)
The Catholic University of Paris has two research libraries: one devoted to biblical studies and languages and civilizations of the ancient Near East, and the other to the Byzantine world. Together, they hold over 700,000 documents including several thousand photographs (glass plates and paper prints), maps, manuscripts, cuneiform tablets, etc. They offer readers - students and researchers - resources in theology, philosophy, humanities, literature and other topics gathered over 150 years. 

Access ICP's documents available on Gallicaon ICP's website

Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC)
The University Library of Languages and Civilisation is supported by 9 partner establishments (member of the GIP BULAC): the universities Panthéon Sorbonne, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Sorbonne Université, Paris Diderot, the CNRS, EFEO, EHESS, EPHE and INALCO. Its collections were built up by gathering the holdings of about twenty Parision research libraries. The main mission of the BULAC is to unite documentary collections, mainly in vernacular languages, about the languages and civilisations (that is, social and human sciences as well as literature and the arts) of the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, North African, the Near East, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, Asia and Oceania, and Native American civilisations. BULAC holds almost 1.5 million references written in nearly 350 languages and almost all known scripts. 
Access BULAC's documents available on Gallica


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.

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