In 1907, a periodical press congress results in the creation of the Musée international de la presse (MIP). This new museum is integrated to the collections of the National Institute of Bibliography and is managed in collaboration with the Circle of Newspaper Collectors and the Union of the Periodical Press (of which Paul Otlet was Vice-President). The aim was to collect at least the first and last issue of each periodical publication worldwide.
This collection was enriched in time and contains several thousands of newspaper from around the world, some of which very old. It is filed by place of publication. Part of this collection has been subject to an inventory, such as the Belgian and Italian press, the inventories of which may be consulted via our online catalogue.