François Mitterand National Library

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand

Quai François-Mauriac , Paris, 75013
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access
Has Temporary Exhibitions

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1900
Wednesday: 1000 - 1900
Thursday: 1000 - 1900
Friday: 1000 - 1900
Saturday: 1000 - 1900
Sunday: 1300 - 1900
Closed on French Bank Holidays.
Opening times and days may vary please check their program and schedule.
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Tube : Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand (14, RER C), quai de la gare (6).

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

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Past exhibitions at François Mitterand National Library - now closed:
2013 Emerging Talent Award 19th Dec 2013 - 23rd Feb 2014
Astérix 16th Oct 2013 - 19th Jan 2014
Carolyn Carlson writing and movement 10th Dec 2013 - 26th Jan 2014
Francis I of France, power and picture 24th Mar 2015 - 21st Jun 2015
In praise of rarity - 100 treasures from the Rare Book Reserve 25th Nov 2014 - 31st Jan 2015
Le Fresnoy, memory of imagination 3rd Mar 2015 - 12th Apr 2015
Photographs by Alix Cléo Roubaud – 15 minutes overnight at breathing rhythm 28th Oct 2014 - 1st Feb 2015
Subliming Vessel. The Drawings of Matthew Barney 8th Oct 2013 - 5th Jan 2014
The Glorious Thirty. Drawings from Gus and Tetsu 25th Feb 2014 - 30th Mar 2014
Théâtre Ouvert - The defense of text 2nd Dec 2014 - 8th Feb 2015
Tribute to Cabu, Charb, Honoré, Tignous and Wolinski 26th Mar 2015 - 12th Apr 2014