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.
The public must stop at the cloakrooms before entering the reading rooms located at the Richelieu Library. Luggage lockers are available just near the entrance hall (please bring a one or two euro coin).

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 1 to 10 September 2017.

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

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