The program

Principles and goals

PNB is an inter-professional project launched in 2012, and managed by Dilicom, with supported from the start by CNL.

It is the result of discussions between the various stakeholders. The project relies on « Recommendations for the development of digital reading in public libraries » signed by Ms Fleur Pellerin, French Minister of Culture and Communications, and by actors of the sector after the Congress For Libraries from December 2014. These recommendations are the backbone of the project: it is, thereby essential that all stakeholders who get involved in PNB consider these recommendations.

The French Ministry of Culture and Communications will supervise the project deployment.

PNB is neither a software, a distribution platform, or a turnkey solution. It consists in a self management information system based on an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and places its fundamentals in the variety of interactions between actors inside the network.

Every publisher will define the offer to his convenience: audience and targeted client segment, characteristics of the offer and terms of use (number of authorized loans, number of simultaneous users, duration of the offer, maximum loan period per reader, etc.) and price.


The commercial relations remain unchanged between the different actors: each reseller must sign the mandate contract with each distributor to provide services as defined in the PNB system. Libraries’ purchases shall be operated by a reseller, and, depending on the amounts involved, issued over the counter or a request for tenders.

Rather than creating a unique monolithic system, DILICOM has opted for a set of solutions and services based on web technologies that enable to share data between different information systems from the actors of the PNB network (publishers’ distribution platforms, libraries, book shops).

For the resellers and libraries, each actor will have the possibility to create his own interface or freely choose his service provider for a standard solution (monitoring software, white label portal, etc.) or to develop a tailor made solution.

Each actor of the system will establish its interface board once and for all whatever the number of entries that follow. DILICOM ensures its inter-operability.

The libraries will manage the enrolment and access of the readers without ever being communicated to the general PNB system. The lending policy will remain totally under the control of the library that will define his own lending ratio within the limits established by each editor.


The PNB program relies on a neutral actor (DILICOM). He takes upon himself the role of standardization and coordination of projects, and ensures, with his inter-branch position, the role of trusted third-party.

DILICOM has created all the interfaces required for data exchanges between different actors’ systems thanks to its exchange platform dedicated to digital (the HUB).

DILICOM’s track records of every data exchange conducted on the platform enables each actor an easier change of service provider when he needs to: all his activities linked to PNB will be restored to him.

The program also facilitates the consolidation and sharing of statistical data around the utilisation of resources and which will be made public by authorization of the French Ministry of Culture.

PNB services may be consulted for free and with no limit in time for professionals from the sector on DILICOM’s website (logins will be delivered on simple demand by filling in a form) and on libraries’ websites, which also offer advice and recommendations.


In this first version access to PNB is directed exclusively to public libraries (libraries or public library networks, Paris libraries, BDP (regional libraries), academic libraries and French council libraries) and within the limit of French, Belgian, Swiss, Luxemburg and Monaco territories.