For two centuries, the Department of Maps and plans has been collecting specialized documents in the field, making them available to readers. It is a French pole of excellence recognized at the international level in the field of cartographic and geographic information. It houses collections of atlases, maps, plans, globes, monographs and periodicals, whether from France or foreign countries. Dating back to the Middle-Ages up to the 21st century, they meet the researchers' needs in a wide variety of domains.
Since 1942, the Department has been also housing the collections of the Société de Géographie: printed documents, photographs, manuscripts...
The reading room is open to the readers of the Research Library; the consultation of certain documents is possible only after an interview with a librarian.
75706 Paris Cedex 13
Closed on public holidays:
- 31 december and 1st of January
- Easter Sunday and Monday
- 1 and 8 May
- Ascension Thursday
- Pentecost Sunday and Monday
- 14 July
- 15 August
- 1 and 11 November
- 24 and 25 December
Annual closing of the BnF sites located in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu and Louvois, Arsenal and Opéra Libraries): During the annual closing of the BnF, various operations are achieved on the BnF premises and public spaces: repair, maintenance or cleaning work. It will take place from Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 9th, 2018 inclusive.
The Department of Maps and Plans is located in Room R (Research Library - Rez-de-jardin level) at François-Mitterrand Library until the reopening of its renovated spaces at Richelieu Library, planned for 2020.
Collections are available for consultation on Monday from 2 pm to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Document release times
||Tuesday to Friday
|All documents except Reserve
||10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15h30
||10:30, 11:30, 14:30
||10:30, 11:30, 14:00
||no document release
Order forms are collected at set times.
The requested documents are generally delivered about 45 minutes after the collection of order forms.
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You need a reader's card to have access to the Research Library's documents.
In case there exists a copy of the document, you will be invited to consult it in priority. Consulting the original document is submitted to prior authorization.
Because of collections' transfers or digitization operations, the communication of certain documents may be impossible or delayed. For more information, please contact the Department.