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The Bibliothèque nationale de France collects, preserves and makes known the French national documentary heritage.
The François Mitterand Site was launched on 14 July 1988, when the President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world.
In July 1989, the services of the architectural firm of Dominique Perrault were retained. After the move of the major collections from the rue de Richelieu, the National Library of France was inaugurated on 15 December 1996.
It has a unique collection of 14 million books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents...
Numerous cultural events like exhibitions highlight and make known the library’s outstanding collections. Two exhibition rooms can host those temporary exhibitions which highlight heritage collections housed in different sites