The BnF

Maison Jean Vilar

Avignon festival, 1995 © Daniel Cande

The maison Jean Vilar is jointly managed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Association Jean Vilar, in partnership with Avignon city and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It houses Jean Vilar's personal archives. It also gathers, preserves and enhances documents connected vwith all the seasons of Avignon festivals.

In the Maison Jean Vilar, the library is managed by the Performing Arts Department and proposes over 33 000 books and magazines about performing arts as well as archives and documentation about festivals and performing arts in Avignon. Entrance is free for all visitors, whether they be researchers, students, professional or amateur users. The library develops partnerships with teaching and training institutions.

All the year long and particularly during the Avignon festival, the Maison Jean Vilar organizes exhibitions, public readings, lectures and colloquiums.

Maison Jean Vilar:Practical information

The reading room is open to all, with no access restrictions.


8 rue de Mons
84000 Avignon

Opening hours

Reading room of the Maison Jean Vilar

Reading room of the Maison Jean Vilar

The library is open:

  • from Monday to Friday from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • on Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Closed on Sunday and Monday.

In July, during the festival d'Avignon, the Maison Jean Vilar and its library are opened every day on a wider schedule.

Closed on public holidays:

  • 1 January
  • 1 and 8 May
  • Ascension Thursday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 and 11 November
  • 25 December

Annual closure:

  • from 1st  to 31 August 2017 inclusive

Friday, February 27, 2015


Lenka Bokova
Phone : 33 (0)4 90 86 59 64
Fax : 33 (0)4 90 86 00 07
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