Join the network Calames

Note: the integration of any new institution into the Calames network is subject to validation by the Board of Directors ofAbes.

Go to Calames


The network Calames's vocation is to welcome :

  • all documentary institutions of higher education and research that preserve manuscripts and archives. This scope includes university libraries, but also the libraries of large institutions (e.g. Muséum national d'histoire naturelle or Institut de France) or research libraries
  • d’autres types d’établissements comme les sociétés savantes ou certaines écoles dépendant d’autres ministères que le MESR, sur étude préalable des conditions de l’adhésion

Terms and Conditions

Interested institutions are invited to send their official application to the management ofAbes during the first quarter of the calendar year. Upon receipt of this letter, a questionnaire is sent to them in order to collect all the information useful for the examination of their application (administrative information, description of the archival collections and manuscripts conserved, computer equipment, level of training of the staff....).

The applications are then examined at the Board of Directors' meeting ofAbes (June-July) for deployment in the network Calames the following year.

Each institution deployed in the Calames network is identified by a CRR number Calames to which one or more access logins to the application are attached.

Institutions that are members of the Calames network pay an annual membership fee based on the volume (expressed in linear metres) of collections to be reported on Calames. This membership may either be the subject of an option in the agreement on membership of theAbes networks and services or, if the institution is not a member of the Sudoc network, be described in the agreement on membership of the Calames network. The fees are the same in both cases.