the national library of France is the recipient of all books printed in France as well as magazines, and documents. It is inmense and as in Paris richly decorated.
It is located at Quai François Mauriac, 75013. Due to security there is no baggage luggage allowed inside.
Many means of getting there such as metro lines 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 ,and the stop RER C (Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand) ; also, buses nos. 89, 62, 64, 132 and 325. Vélib bikes stations close are at 53 Quai François Mauriac.
Until mid october 2013 the access will be by the hall Ouest. The handicap elevator will be by one at the south of the garden.
The library covers 7 centuries of stories about France, Europe and the world. It is from the reign of king Charles V that puts his collection of 917 books in a room just for reading at the Louvre, that the rests of the French monarchs takes effect to bring together their collections in a library type setting. IN 1537 king François Ier introduce an edit law from December 28 that declares all documents books printed in the kingdom must have a copy at the library. That is at the temporary one in the Chateau de Blois . Brought to Paris as the Royal Library in the second half of the 16C.
Due to the events of the French revolution, all the books pertaining to the royal familes are confiscated and brought into the library , also the clergy, immigrants libraries, private collection of the nobles, and the private collections of king Louis XVI,queen Marie-Antoinette, and the king's sister Madame Élisabeth.
In the 20C the library continues to enlarge its collection and there is no space, so satellites libraries were house in annexes at Versailles (1934, 1954 and 1971) ,then Sablé in 1980 ,and Provins in 1981. On July 14 1988, while a traditional televise interview is been held in the parc de l'Elysée, the then President François Mitterrand, announce the construction and renovation of one or the biggest and most modern libraries in the world. Finally, on December 20 1996,the library of the site François-Mitterrand is open to the public; and, on October 8 1998, the library for recherche is open to professional scholars.
A must see and to pass a leisure time in Paris amongst the glories of Victor Hugo etc etc etc.
Using your eyes, you can find some decent shapes and figures on the F. Mitterand national library buildings.
The new national library opened in December 1995, contains some 20 million volumes and its 4 buildings are supposed to represent open books.
Open from 9.00 to 20.00 Tueday to Saturday all rooms.
14.00 to 20.00 on Mondays-research library
12.00 to 19.00 on Sundays-study library and exhibitions
I went to Paris with a friend who is studying architecture, I wasn't too fussed on seeing the bibliotheque but seeing as we were staying in the 12th district very close to Bercy we went for a look. The buildings are huge and make impressive photos, we went in the evening so not sure what it's like in the daytime but it's something a little different from the usual sites in paris.
After you climb the stairs from the metro station, you will notice a semi circle, and whoah, on closer look, you will see that there are numbers engraved to the stone. And even closer look, you realise that there are actually scripting that you don't understand. Or what do you say about tamil, arabic, hindi, japanese, ancient chinese, tibetan, just to name a few other languages that are NOT written with latinicized letters?
This one of the biggest libraries in the world is a cold architectural monument commanded by the past French President François Mitterand.
Impressive in its size, it also manages to cage nature: inside the courtyard you can see pines transplanted from the Vosges, at the side to the east, you find another type of cages, this time buxus that is neatly presented.
Composed of two tall glass towers, the vast building that houses the French National Library ressembles an office block from afar. Instead of bankers however, the visitors who enter this edifice are researchers, students and general readers. Every book, periodical and audio-visual material ever published in France is accessible to researchers here, and a section of the library is open to the public.
Admission: adults 20F (EUR 3.05), exhibitions 45F (EUR 6.86).
11, quai François Mauriac
A working area inside Paris, with factories, chimneys and smoke ? Have a stroll in the 14th district (Subway : Bibliotheque)...