BDIC
About the library


The BDIC is a library-museum renowned for its collections covering the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on international relations.
The collections of the BDIC are unique, due to the diversity of their origins, the range of topics covered, and the variety of the types of documents that are conserved.


bilbiotheque The text-based collections, which encompass close to 3 million documents—books, periodicals, as well as written and audiovisual archives—in several different languages, are consultable at the library’s site at the University of Paris Ouest in Nanterre.

In addition, the BDIC’s museum site in Paris houses its image-based collections, comprising nearly 1.5 million works of art, photographs, posters, political cartoons and objects.

Welcoming researchers from all backgrounds and nationalities, the BDIC serves as a center for scholarly research, while also sharing its collections with the general public through yearly exhibits at its museum site.
Recent exhibits include, The USSR Checkmated. Perestroika 1985-1991; Posters in Action: When Political Writing Comes out into the Streets; From the Front. Representing the Great War; International Graphics. Collections of Political Posters from 1979 to 1990.


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