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Catalogue Collectif de France

Researchers interested in the holdings of French libraries and lesser-known French "centres de documentation" will want to visit the Catalogue Collectif de France (CCFR). A project of the French Ministries of Culture and Education as well as the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the CCFR is divided into two sections, by institution (Repertoire des Bibliotheques) and by document search (Localisation de Documents). Repertoire des Bibliotheques allows users to search 3,900 institutions (Bibliotheque) by name, location, and type of library. Search results include contact information, a brief history, a description of the collections, and details about the services offered. A search of Collections in this section also allows users to identify institutional holdings by type of materials, language, and by date of publication. The Localisation de Documents section enables users to search two million items by author, title, type of material, publisher, location, and date of publication. This document search is of special interest to those looking for items published before 1811, as many of the items in the catalog represent the results of a lengthy national retrospective conversion project. Plans for the CCFR in 2001 include the addition of another eight million bibliographic records from university libraries and the national library's collections. At present, all help documentation and navigation is only available in French.
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