Gallica is the digital library created by the National Library of France, Bibliotehèque Nationale de France (BnF) and partnering institutions.
Gallica has free online access with no registration required, free downloads of image files, free downloads of PDF files, free downloads of digitized books, and more.
Documents digitized by BnF and displayed online at Gallica have come from the National Library of France and 270 partnering institutions.
- Directories, 1800s-1900s: Annuaires téléphoniques, telephone directories from France, including overseas departments
- French Historical Newspapers
How to Search the Collections at Gallica
The site translates into several languages. Select the language of your choice. Along their top menu bar they offer:
- Simple Search
- Advanced Search
- Search Curated Collections (by topic)
Or, watch their YouTube video (in English) for a quick explanation of their site!