The BnF

Law, Economics and Politics Department

© Béatrice Lucchese / BnF
The Law, Economics and Politics Department (département Droit, économie, politique) aims to provide readers with resources for understanding the contemporary world.
The Reference Library's Press room (room B) reflects current events by presenting almost 300 daily and weekly generalist news titles covering the past three months. Moreover, the department houses in room D a Business Resources and Information Center (Pôle de Ressources et d’Information Sur le Monde de l’Entreprise/PRISME) focused on business life and key sectors of economic activity, as well as the Centre de ressources Europe (Resource center on Europe), which makes available essential information resources and news about how the European Union works.

Law, Economics and Politics Department:Practical information


François-Mitterrand Library
Quai François-Mauriac
75706 Paris Cedex 13

Reading rooms

Magazine rack in room B

Magazine rack in room B

Two possibilities are proposed to readers wishing to use the reading rooms.

  • The Reference Library (Haut-de-Jardin level) is open to anyone 16 years of age and over; this library makes encyclopaedic collections available in free access.
  • Entrance to the Research Library (Rez-de-Jardin level) is limited to accredited users; at this level, the readers have the possibility to consult the heritage collections.

In the Reference Library, the collections in free access are distributed as follows in the reading rooms:

  • B:Press and media
  • D:Law, economics, political science, official publications, The business world (PRISME)

And in the Research Library, in rooms:

  • N:Economics, political science, press
  • O:Law, official publications

Consultation of newspapers in the Research Library

About sixty newspapers housed in the Research Library were reproduced on microfilms and are available to the readers of the Haut-de-Jardin Library in Room D ( Issues of L’Équipe, since 1946, L’Humanité since 1904, Ouest-France since 1984 for example)

These newspapers can be consulted from Tuesday to Saturday (last request before 5 p.m.) with a maximum of 10 reels per day. As microfilm reels are housed in the Research Library, readers have to allow for a waiting period.

Opening hours

Reading rooms
  Monday From Tuesday to Saturday Sunday
Reference library (Haut-de-jardin level) closed 10.00am-8.00pm 1.00pm-7.00pm
Research library (Rez-de-jardin level) 2.00pm-8.00pm 9.00am-8.00pm closed

Closed on public holidays:

  • 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
  • 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. Each year, the sites mentioned above are closed about ten days from the end of August to the beginning of September. The 2018 closing dates will be announced later.

Documents from closed stack collections (Research library), must be requested before the reading rooms close:

  • from Monday to Friday at 17:00,
  • Saturday at 16:00 for Printed material and at 17:00 for Microforms, Audiovisual documents and Reserve.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Catherine Aurérin
Secretary : 01 53 79 51 02
Fax: 01 53 79 51 25

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