The BnF

Philosophy, History and Humanities Department

© Béatrice Lucchese / BnF
The Department of Philosophy, History and Human Sciences houses and enhances encyclopaedic collections in the field of human and social sciences. The Department proposes a wide variety of printed and digital documents, either in open access or available on request when housed in closed stacks. It also holds numerous parish bulletins and builds up compendia of ephemeral publications (tracts, mail order catalogues, advertising documents ...).
The Sociétés en débat resource centre, located in room J of the Reference Library (Haut-de-Jardin level) proposes to focus on major contemporary issues according to a pluridisciplinary approach based on all the disciplines dealt with in the Department.

Philosophy, History and Humanities Department: Practical information


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

Reading rooms

Room J

Room J

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Fabien Plazannet
Secretary : 01 53 79 50 53
Fax : 01 53 79 41 20

To write to the department, use our « Ask a librarian service » (SINDBAD).
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