The BnF

Reading rooms opening hours

Reading rooms opening hours : Rez-de-jardin level

'Attack level' Vigipirate plan
Until further notice:
  • Please bring a valid proof of identity to enter the library
  • The West entrance of François-Mitterrand library is closed
  • Only “cabin” baggages (55cm × 35cm × 25cm) are allowed within the BnF premises.

Open every day except Sunday and Monday morning

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 3 to 11 September 2016.

Rooms opening hours of the nivel Rez-de-jardin
Monday From Tuesday to Saturday Sunday
Research library (Rez-de-jardin level) 2.00pm-8.00pm 9.00am-8.00pm closed
Rare Books Reserve, room Y 2.00pm-6.00pm 9.00am-6.00pm closed
INA Library (Inathèque) 9.00am-7.00pm 9.00am-7.00pm closed

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, July 28, 2016