The BnF

Music Department

Created in 1942, the Music department gathers one of the most important music collections worldwide; it is the only Library-museum housing the heritage collections of a theatre while being connected with a national library. Located on two different places, it gathers, in the Richelieu-Louvois premises, the music collections collected since the early 18th century and the heritage collection of the Music Conservatory. At the Palais Garnier, it houses at the Opera Library the artistic heritage (music, iconography, archives, architectural drawings...) of Paris Opera and the Opéra-Comique. The oldest manuscripts date back to the Middle-Ages; as for printed documents, the oldest ones date back to the beginnings of music printing, at the end of the 15th century.
The reading rooms (Richelieu-Louvois and Opera libraries) are open to the readers of the Research Library; prior authorization is necessary to consult certain documents. A museum is available to the public at the Opéra-Garnier. 

Music Department:Practical information

Richelieu-Louvois Library

Address

2 rue de Louvois
75002 Paris

See also

Opera Library  

Opening hours

Reading room opening hours
From Monday to Saturday Sunday
10.00am-6.00pm closed

Closed on public holidays:

  • 1 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 closure of all sites in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Louvois, Arsenal and Opera libraries): from 1 to 10 September 2017.

Reading room of the Music Department

Reading room of the Music Department


Consulting documents

Document release times
Monday to Friday Saturday
Ordinary stacks' documents 10h-17h 10h-12h
Reserve's documents 10h-12h and 14h30-16h30 10h-11h45 and 14h-15h30
Major Reserve's documents 10h-12h Closed

Requests for documents belonging to the Major Reserve have to be authorized by the Department director.

You need a reader's card to have access to the Research Library's documents.

Readers can use two soundproof studios with pianos to sight-read the scores from the Music Department.

Opera Library

Address

Palais Garnier
Visitors' and readers' entrance: at the corner of the rues Scribe and Auber
Mail address: 8 rue Scribe
75009 Paris

Opening hours

Opera library reading room

Opera library reading room

Open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. except Sunday

Closed on public holidays:

  • 1 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 closure of all sites in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Louvois, Arsenal and Opera libraries): from 1 to 10 September 2017.

Documents from closed stack collections must be requested at least 30 minutes before the reading room closes.

Consulting documents

You need a reader's card to have access to the Research Library's documents.
Coats, umbrellas, bulky objects and big bags should be left in the lockers available to readers. Readers who need to consult documents from the Rare Books Reserve or particularly valuable materials should only use lead pencils.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Contact

Mathias Auclair
Director

Richelieu-Louvois Library :
Phone : 33 (0)1 53 79 88 50
Fax : 33 (0)1 53 79 88 28
Email : musique@bnf.fr

Opera Library :
Phone : 33 (0)1.53.79.37.47
Fax : 33 (0)1.53.79.39.59
Email : bibliotheque-musee-opera@bnf.fr

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