Institut National de l'Audiovisuel

  • INA
  • National Audiovisual Institute


The Institut national de l'audiovisuel (or INA, French for National Audiovisual Institute) is a repository of all French radio, television, and audiovisual archives. Additionally it provides free access to archives of countries such as Afghanistan and Cambodia. It has its headquarters in Bry-sur-Marne.

The Institut national de l’audiovisuel, or INA, was founded in 1974, after the split of the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF). Since then, it has been active in archive management, training, research and production. The Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) was founded in 1976, and was assigned a number of roles: the preservation of French radio and television archives, the production of original programmes, research and professional training. In 1982, Ina steered part of the “Image Research Plan”, developed animation and 3D mixing and video software, and organised Imagina, an annual forum on “new images” and networks. In 1992, Ina was entrusted with the legal deposit for all French radio and television channels. The Inathèque de France was launched in 1995 and set up its Consultation Centre at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1998. One year later, in 1999, Ina launched a vast plan to preserve and digitise all the images and sounds it managed. The aim was to combat the deterioration of physical archive formats and to promote the multimedia use of the archives. Ina’s pioneering approach made France the worldwide reference in the field. 2004 was the year that INA launched Ina MEDIAPRO is more than a website. It is used by audiovisual professionals to conduct research, select and order archives. It facilitates access to the world’s largest audiovisual archive database. By 2006, INA launched the website, which gave the general public access to over 100,000 radio and television programmes. Since then, it has allowed free online consultation of some materials on their website called with a search tool indexing 100,000 archives of historical programs, for a total of 20,000 hours. In 2007, Ina SUP, an audiovisual and digitisation faculty was opened, offering two specialised Master's courses. The main objective for INA since 2015 is to save 100% of France's audiovisual memory

Archival and Other Holdings

INA holds fonds and collections regarding radio, TV, and audiovisual material from 1945 until the present. INA also holds written archives regarding all the preparatory work for television shows, research for radio, transcripts of interviews, etc. It also has quite an extensive web-media archive that collects URL's of different news sites and archives them.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

Open Monday 2 pm till 7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am till 7pm for the BNF site

Other locations may have other opening times .

Conditions of Access

You need to have an accreditation from the BNF and INA to consult their materials that are not freely available on their website. You thus need a recommendation letter and you then get a visitor's pass that will cost from 5euros to 35euros depending on the lengths of the pass and if you are eligible for reduced prices.

To make your visit more pleasant, you can send in a per-accreditation form:

Research Services

You can consult the materials autonomously. This is mainly the case for local libraries where you can consult INA. However, if you consult in an INA center, you have access to experts and a more personalised approach with tools: research guides, personal digital file where you can access and store your personal searches and consultations, you have also access to certain tools that facilitate any analysis. Furthermore, archivists and technical staff is present to help you navigate the vast material offered by INA. You can find additional information here:

Reproduction Services

Reproduction is possible in that it can be used for your own personal use/scientific work after explicitly asking for permission to INA.