Preserving World Cultural Heritage at the Bibliothèque nationale de France

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The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) – the National Library of France – is France’s oldest cultural organization, originating in 1368 as the Royal Library of Charles V. It has grown over the ensuing 650 years into one of the world’s largest, most prestigious, and most digitally accessible libraries. It is a leading custodian of a world heritage and the encyclopedic collections are unique: from books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, to maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents, scenery elements. All disciplines, whether intellectual, artistic or scientific, are represented in a comprehensive way.

Over 44 million documents are preserved. In addition, a digital library, Gallica, provides free access to 10 million documents, for people from around the world to use for reading and learning.


Restore, preserve and make universal heritage accessible to all.


Activities may include:

  • Restoration and digitization of the collections;
  • Acquisition of artwork;
  • Renovation of built heritage sites;
  • Programming of exhibitions;
  • Research activities.

Myriad Canada is working with the Bibliothèque nationale de France on this project, a French national public institution whose mission is to collect, catalogue, preserve, enrich and communicate the national documentary heritage in France. The BnF ensures that as many people as possible have access to its collections, both on-site and remotely, and develops national and international cooperation.

The BnF’s collections, because of their universal character, enjoy a European and international reputation. The BnF has developed partnerships with more than 20 national libraries or archives around the world and contributes significantly to the innovation and development of libraries worldwide by participating in 64 international organizations. Its collections make it the largest library in the world with the British Library in London and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. It is simple and fast!

By cheque:

  • Make your cheque out to Myriad Canada.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: We receive a lot of cheques! You must please indicate ‘E223 – Preserving World Heritage at BnF’ in the memo line of your cheque to ensure that it is allocated correctly.
  • Mail your cheque to: Myriad Canada, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, Montreal, QC, H3B 2B6

 By Direct Deposit:

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

The projects are managed with the greatest care and professionalism.