Access to documents

The "Digital collections" tab provides access to the complete list of documents, including some books presented in the "Virtual exhibitions" tab.

It is also possible to access the documents by performing a search.

The simple search module is systematically accessible on all pages of the site and allows you to search for documents based on one or more keywords. These keywords can be combined with the AND, OR and NOT operators. AND is the operator applied by default if several words are entered in the bar of research. The simple search covers all fields in the records describing the scanned documents and include data from digitized documents (tables of contents and full texts). All you have to do is type the first letters of a word for the search engine to complete and propose the terms starting by the entered character string. Based on lemmatization, the search engine offers results containing terms with the same root, but not limited to character case (lower/upper case).

The advanced search module allows you to target your search on one or more fields of the records describing digitized documents or on summaries and captions or on the full text. The drop-down menu AND/OR/EXCEPT allows you to combine the different search criteria.

The use of quotation marks allows you to search for an exact expression. The truncation character is the asterisk (e. g. "Rom*" for "Rome", "Roma", "Roman", "Romani", "Romani"...).


Displaying search results

It is possible to filter the results of a search by using the filters on the right side of the page (e. g. author, publisher, country, publishing city, etc.). The platform allows you to return to the initial list by deselecting the filters.

It is also possible to refine the list of results by setting:

  • the number of displayed results per page (10, 20 or 50),
  • the sorting of the results (by title or date),
  • the display mode (thumbnail mosaic, table, map of publishing cities or timeline).

The "show/hide extract" button in the results record list indicates that the searched word is present in the text of the book. It allows you to view the searched word in its context and, by clicking on See, one can access the page on which the word is displayed with a highlighted color.

The result lists can be printed.

The "bookmark results" button in the list of result records indicates that the searched word is present in the table of contents.


Consultation of digital documents

The detailed record

From the list of search results, clicking on the desired title gives access to the detailed record of the document from which it is possible to print, send by e-mail or share the document on social media.

Displaying the document

Clicking on the thumbnail opens the scanned document.

The left side of the viewer ("Summaries and Legends" or "Bookmarks") describes the structure of the document. These are pagination, foliation, table of contents or legends, depending on the case. Each bookmark is clickable and provides direct access to the corresponding image. At the bottom of the viewer, different settings and features are available: information, thumbnails, facing pages, single page, printing or download the files, see the bookmarks, search, see the OCR text... When moving your mouse over each icon, a tooltip describing it appears.

Collaborative annotation

With the annotation tool, data or bibliographic annotations can be added in an individual way to the documents on the presentation page.


Personal account

Creating a personal account allows the user to create baskets of records and send them by email. All accounts will be deleted after one year of inactivity.


Image reuse

Requests for the reuse of images or the provision of high definition files must be sent by email to