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.
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 3.50â‚¬, annual 38â‚¬ adult, 20â‚¬ reduced
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