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Admission to the reading rooms and reader’s cards rates

The Haut-de-jardin level (François-Mitterrand Library) is open to anyone 16 years of age and over. Entrance to the  Research Library (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu-Louvois, Arsenal and Opera libraries) housing the heritage collections, is limited to accredited users.

Research Library: admission and reader’s cards rates

The Research library is made up of :

  • François Mitterrand Library, Rez-de-jardin level (site François-Mitterrand, Rez-de-jardin)
  • special collections departments at the Richelieu-Louvois Library (site Richelieu-Louvois)
  • Arsenal Library (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal)
  • Opera Library and Museum (bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra)

Entrance to the Research library is limited to accredited users.

Admission to the reading rooms

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • Proof of academic, professional or personal research activities.

The heritage collections may be consulted in connection with long-term research, particularly in order to temporarily access documents available at the Bibliothèque nationale de France that can't be found in any other library.

Access is allowed to postgraduate students, if the need for material is justified, and on production of the below mentioned documents (see: Documents required for the Readers' Guidance Service interview).

Undergraduate students may obtain a 3 day ticket if the need for material is justified, and on production of the below mentioned documents (see: Documents required for the Readers' Guidance Service interview).

How to be admitted

Readers’ cards are issued by the Readers’ Guidance Service at the François-Mitterrand or Richelieu libraries.

This interview determines, according to the readers’ needs, whether they are to be admitted and the card's period of validity (3 days, 15 days, annual).

However, to prepare for the admission interview, you can fill in a pre-admission form in order to describe your search (academic, professionnal or personal search). The file will be examined within 5 days.

If BnF responds positively, the requester is invited to come to the Readers’ Guidance Service for an interview. A proof of identity and the required documents will be requested for the issue of the card.

The pre-admission form is intended for new readers. If you wish to renew your reader card and are allowed to do it without having an interview with a librarian, you can renew it online ; if you cannot renew online you will have to come to the Readers’ Guidance Service.

Documents required for the Readers' Guidance Service interview

For everyone

A valid proof of identification with a photograph is required :
  • Identity card
  • Passport
  • Residency permit
  • Resident card
For anyone not living in France, a French address is requested.

For academic or professional research

The following documents must be provided
Statuts Required documents
  • Senior academics
  • Researchers from public and private research organizations
  • professional card
  • or employer’s contract
  • or presentation letter from university or research institute
  • Students preparing for the CAPES or the Agrégation
  • valid student card
  • Doctorate students
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students of higher education establishments
  • Students of Engineers schools
  • valid student card
  • tutor’s certificate
  • Undergraduate students
  • valid student card
  • tutor’s certificate
  • list of documents requiring access to the BnF
  • Professional studies
  • letter by employer
  • or professional card
  • list of documents requiring access to the BnF
Download

confirmation from the research director [file .rtf – 4 Ko – 06/01/19]

For personal research

Readers must justify their request at the interview with the Readers’ Guidance service librarian.

Access to the Ina THEQUE Library (Ina THEQUE)

Any reader wishing to consult the collections of the Ina THEQUE Library must register beforehand at the Readers' Guidance Service and must meet the conditions of admission to the BnF.

The Ina's website explains the conditions of admission to the Ina THEQUE Library.

Three reader’s cards

  • 3 day card
    • 3 days, consecutive or not
    • provides free admission to the Reference library's reading rooms for 3 days
    • provided free of charge, subject to accreditation by the Readers' Guidance Service, on presentation of the Reference library's annual card
  • 15 day card with access to the Reference library for one year
    • 15 days, consecutive or not
    • provides free admission to the Reference library for one year ; provides free admission to the exhibitions organized by the BnF

These two cards allow you to enter and leave the reading rooms as often as you need to.

  • Annual card
    • also provides free admission to the Reference library's reading rooms
    • provides free admission to the exhibitions organized by the BnF

These three cards are valid for one year from the issue date. They are strictly for personal use.

If a reader's card is lost or stolen, the reader shall remain liable until they inform the Bibliothèque nationale de France in writing.

Reader’s cards rates

In force from 1st october 2011

Reader’s cards rates
Types of reader’s cards rates Full rate Reduced rate
3 day card 8 € -
15 day card 45 € 25 €
Annual card 60 € 35 €

On presentation of supporting documents, reduced rates for :

  • Students ages less than 35, excluding non-degree students
  • Young people aged 18 to 25
On presentation of supporting documents, exemptions for:
  • Job seekers
  • Recipients of minimum work program income or welfare benefits
  • Visitors with disabilities
  • Escorts for visitors with disabilities
  • Students at the Ecole nationale des Chartes, the ENSSIB and the Institut national du Patrimoine who are completing internships in libraries, museums and national heritage services
  • Individuals from any category (civil servants and contractual employees) employed by a French public institution who hold scientific or technical posts in libraries, museums, archives or national heritage services.
  • Staff employed by the BnF and retired former employees

To be noted

We charge 2 € to replace lost or forgotten cards

Additional fees for extended admission rights

In force from 1st october 2011

Additional fees for extended admission rights
Types of car Extensions Additional rates
Full rate Reduced rate
Holder of an annual reference library card to an annual research library card 22 € 15 €
Holder of an annual reference library card to a 15 day research library card 7 € 5 €
Holder of a 15 day research library card to an annual research library card 15 € 10 €

Renewing your subscription online

If you hold a reader pass for the Research library and and are allowed to renew it without having an interview with a librarian, you can renew your subscription online.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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