At the heart of Abes

L'Abes, the bibliographic agency for higher education

Together with the networks

Reporting of information resources, a collaborative network activity

Abes provides higher education and research institutions with a range of tools and services dedicated to the reporting and administration of information resources available in their libraries.

TheAbes supports the professionals of the member institutions of its networks in their bibliographic reporting activities (training, assistance, coordination of quality projects, data migration, etc.). The main orientations are developed in close collaboration with the ADBU , in particular within the framework of the Reporting and Information Systems (SSI) commission.

As the national bibliographic agency for the ESR, theAbes carries out documentary standardisation missions. In this capacity, it collaborates with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), and holds responsibilities within the main national and international bodies devoted to the development of standards necessary for the world of documentation. For more information

The reporting of doctoral theses, a national mission

Conformément à l’arrêté du 25 mai 2016 (art.24-25) – mis à jour par l’arrêté du 26 août 2022, les thèses de doctorat, en tant que document officiel au format numérique, font l’objet d’une réglementation stricte pour ce qui concerne leur signalement, leur archivage pérenne, leur disponibilité à la consultation.

Dans le cadre de cette mission nationale confiée par le MESR, l’Abes met à la disposition des établissements habilités à délivrer le doctorat une gamme de services et d’outils dédiés au signalement et au dépôt des thèses et à la valorisation de la recherche doctorale.

Cette mission est assurée en collaboration étroite avec le CINES, opérateur pour l’archivage des thèses et le CCSD, opérateur pour la diffusion des thèses sur l’archive ouverte HAL theses.

Les autres dossiers sont du ressort du MESR, notamment  :

  •  the authorisations of institutions for the award of the doctoral degree 
  • the supervision of the partners involved in the dissemination and enhancement of theses
  • legal issues, in particular those relating to intellectual property

Search interfaces to facilitate access to data

The data produced collectively by the member institutions of the ESR document networks are freely accessible from 4 search interfaces:

  • Sudoc The Sudoc catalogue lists all the documentary resources available in the 3,500 member libraries of the Sudoc/Sudoc PS networks. For more information
  • : the search engine gives access to the descriptive metadata of French doctoral theses, defended or with the status "in preparation". For more information
  • Calames The catalogue Calames lists and describes in an appropriate format the archives and manuscripts available in ESR libraries. For more information
  • IdRef The IdRef repository provides access to authority data produced by the member libraries of the document networks (Sudoc, Calames and Theses) and in the framework of numerous institutional partnerships. For more information

L'Abes, an agency for the mutualisation of academic and research institutions

TheAbes offers its legal expertise and financing capacities to the ESR community in the framework of public procurement, in particular for the acquisition of electronic document resources or Library Management Systems.

Acquisitions of electronic resources

Support for institutional projects


L'Abes, the national agency for the allocation of the ISIL number for French libraries

The ISIL - International Standard for Identifier for Libraries (ISO 15511:2019 | June 2019 ) is used to identify libraries and related organisations. In France, the ISIL number has the same structure as the RCR number, preceded by "FR".

As theagency ISIL national agencyAbes is responsible for the allocation of ISIL identifiers at the request of any library, including those not participating in theAbes networks. This service is used in particular for the RFID equipment of libraries.