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Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BnF)


The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) is funded through the French Ministry of Culture and has a staff of 2,800. The first version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France Web site was launched onto the Internet in 1996, providing descriptions of its collections, practical information, news, programmes of events and professional information. Thanks to private sponsorship, 1 000 illuminations from 11 painted manuscripts were digitised to form a searchable data set focusing on the life and times of Charles V, entitled Charles V et son temps (1330-1380). Finally - and perhaps most importantly as access statistics show - the site provides free access to the BN-OPALE and BN-OPALINE data bases containing more than 2.5 million bibliographic references, which may be searched in Telnet mode. As the new integrated information system becomes fully operational, readers will be able to search the library's entire catalogue covering printed material from Gutenberg to the present as well as sound recordings and audiovisual material, totalling some 8 million references.

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