Diplomatic archives – Launch of the Digital Diplomatic Library (Paris, 12 March 2018)

As part of its policy of openness and facilitating public access to its archives, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce that the Digital Diplomatic Library created in partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) will be launched on March 12, in the presence of Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, the Quai d’Orsay’s secretary general, and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF).

Developed as part of the “Gallica marque blanche” service, the Digital Diplomatic Library is accessible to all free of charge and makes several thousand heritage resources available online. It provides access to several thousand digitized documents from the Ministry as well as documents from Gallica selected for their cultural and historical interest. Categories include diplomatic history, treaties, agreements and conventions, French mandates and protectorates, and official intergovernmental and foreign publications. It will be added to on a regular basis. This project contributes to the building of a national digital heritage.

The launch of the Digital Diplomatic Library is the fifth “Gallica marque blanche” partnership between the BnF and a French institution.

The Digital Diplomatic Library is part of a broader cooperative effort between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the BnF that has existed since 2009. The Diplomatic Archives also participate in the BnF’s “Patrimoines partagés” portals, which provide free access to exceptional documents that bear witness to diplomatic, cultural, scientific, and commercial interactions between France and the world.

For more information, visit bibliotheque-numerique.diplomatie.gouv.fr (in French)