Bibliotheque nationale de France BnF

National Library of France


The National Library of France is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France and traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692.


Gallica, its digital library for online users, was established in 1997. Today, its online services allow you to reserve a place to study, reserve documents, to join the library, to ask the librarians questions, to order reproductions and more.


At the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) you will also find the permanent exhibition "The Globes of Louis XIV", along with other exhibitions throughout the facility. Discover prints and illustrated books, tracts, posters, reproductions of sound recordings and other digital resources.


The National Library of France

58, rue de Richelieu, Paris 2nd

Tél: 01 5379 5959

Métro: #3 Bourse, # 1Palais-Royal, # 14Pyramides

Bus: 89, 62, 64, 132, 325

Vélib: 2011-71, rue de Richelieu

2011 hours: 2-7pm Mon; 9am-7pm Tue-Sat; 1-7 Sun. Closed on French public holidays

2011 annual closing: September 5-18

2011 library card fees: one-day 3.50€, annual 38€ adult, 20€ reduced

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