The BnF

Reading rooms opening hours

Reading rooms opening hours: Haut-de-jardin level

Open from Tuesday to Sunday

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.

Services and rooms opening hours of the Haut-de-jardin level
From Tuesday to Saturday Sunday
Reference library (Haut-de-jardin level) closed 10.00am-8.00pm 1.00pm-7.00pm
Reception desk 2.00pm-7.00pm 9.00am-7.00pm 1.00pm-7.00pm
Pay desks 2.00pm-7.00pm 9.00am-7.00pm 1.00pm-6.00pm
Readers' Admission Service 2.00pm-7.00pm 9.00am-7.00pm except on Saturday 9.00am-6.00 pm closed

Peak hours in the reading rooms

During certain periods of the year, the reading rooms of the Haut-de-jardin Library are largely frequented. This is particularly true on Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays except in Summer. During weekdays, the reading rooms are very frequented on Tuesdays but seats become available again by 5 p.m.

People with disabilities and pregnant women are given priority access.

The Affluences application, available for free on iPhone and Android, allows to know in real time the occupancy rate of libraries in Paris.

So far as the Haut-de-jardin Library, Affluences indicates, for each reading room, the current occupancy rate and forecasts half an hour by half an hour. Data are updates every five minutes.
Affluence sur le site F.-Mitterrand sur version mobile
You can also be informed of peak times in the reading rooms via the website version for smartphones and tablets.

During rush hours ("Forte" mention), it might be difficult to find a seat in the reading room of your choice. However, some armchairs, audiovisual seats or small reading rooms for groups might be available.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017