The Rare Books Reserve department holds around 200,000 printed materials. From early printed books to artists’ books, they are selected because they are rare editions or unusual copies: xylographic books and incunabula (books printed before 1501), the output of famous printers, original editions of classic texts, and major printed illustrated works; luxury editions printed on parchment (vellum) or special paper, from renowned owners, many of which are annotated or have remarkable bindings; censored books (the Enfer especially) and clandestine printing; corrected proofs, and mock-ups, archives, and objects illustrating the activities of publishers and bookbinders.
The reading room Y is open to the readers of the Research Library.
75706 Paris Cedex 13
Reading room of the Rare Books Reserve (room Y)
© Béatrice Lucchese / BnF
Room Y is open to the readers of the Research Library.
The Rare Books Reserve’s collections may be consulted on the basis of a reasoned request; their release is subject to authorization by the reading room’s chief librarian. Requests should be made on-site using paper order forms.
Readers should use the elevators located in the back of Room T (Rez-de-Jardin) to access Room Y.
From Tuesday to Saturday:9.00am-6.00pm
Closed on Sunday.
Documents must be requested before 5.00pm.
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 closure of all sites in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Louvois, Arsenal and Opera libraries): from 1 to 10 September 2017.