Prize for bibliography
In order to encourage the development of bibliographical studies, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne created in 1998 a French Bibliography Prize, awarded each year to a high-quality bibliographical work published during the previous year and in French - but not necessarily published in France. The first presentation of this prize took place during the 1998 edition of the International Antiquarian Book Fair. Since 2007, the International Rare Book Fair has been held at the Grand Palais, where the prize is awarded annually until 2018.
This prize then becomes biennial, however the planned 2020 award has been postponed. The next session will concern works published in 2018 and 2019, with an award ceremony in 2021 at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Exceptionally, another award will be organised during the 2022 edition of the Fair, with the bibliographies published in 2020 and 2021. Thereafter, the prize will be awarded every two years.

This prize is initially awarded to the author of a specific bibliographic work concerning old and modern books, literature, publishing, book illustration, bookbinding, libraries or bibliophily.
Since 2018, the jury, chaired by Patrick Hatchuel, a SLAM member and in charge of the organisation of the prize, has decided to broaden its scope to include the general history of books, and has changed its title to the French Prize for Bibliography & History of Books. In addition, since 2017, an honorary prize has been awarded to a work that has particularly caught the attention of the jury during its deliberations.

It is the only prize in this field of book history, which contributes to making these scholarly publications better known and which is part of the long tradition of collaboration between the French book trade and historical and bibliographical research.  It is associated with the prize awarded every four years by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), to which SLAM is affiliated: the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.