Actors supporting libraries

Date Updated: 08/12/2011

  • Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)

    Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)

    The beneficiary of over seven centuries of history, theFrench National Library is a public agency of the Ministry of Culture& Communication and is one of the most important culturalinstitutions in France. It is responsible for the legal filing ofpublications and for the National Library. Its catalogue includesmore than 10 million publications and a digital library calledGallica.


    The BNF is a major actor in promoting internationalcooperation among libraries. In serving the internationalprofessional community, it brings its expertise to bear in its areasof competence (heritage, libraries, conservation, training...).


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  • Bibliothèque publique d’information (BPI)

    Bibliothèque publique d’information (BPI)

    The Public Information Library is a public agency of the Ministry of Culture & Communication. Since it opened in 1977, it has focused on cultural democratisation in its operations, the content of its collections, its activities and exhibits, as well as its regional, national and international actions.


    The BPI collaborates with foreign establishments to promote French library expertise and to set up a network for discussions and international dialogue. The accords linking foreign establishments and the BPI allow meetings and exchanges between professionals in different institutions, international study days and expert committees to be set up. The BPI also participates in the work of various sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and participates in the IFLA annual congress.


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  • Institut français (IF)

    Institut français (IF)

    The French Institute is a public arm of France’s Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs.


    Its mission to promote French culture internationally through artistic exchanges (live shows, visual arts, architecture), books, film, French language, knowledge and ideas.
    The Institute encourages other world cultures in France by organising “seasons” or festivals and by working with less developed countries. It also runs a series of international residency programmes in France and internationally.


    The Institute works in close cooperation with the French cultural network abroad which consists of over 150 Institut français and nearly 1,000 Alliances françaises cultural networks around the world as well as providing training for that network.


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  • Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (MCC)

    Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (MCC) : Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles et Service du Livre et de la Lecture

    The General Media & Cultural Activities Service (Direction Générale des Médias et des Industries Culturelles) defines, coordinates and evaluates the Government’s policy to develop pluralism in media, the advertising industry, and all communication services to the public in electronic, audio, and book publishing form as well as general literacy and culture.


    Through the Books & Literacy Service, it encourages public literacy, aims at conserving, enriching and making the most of library assets, and participates in developing the book publishing industry in France and abroad. It also monitors developments in digital technology.


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