The BnF

Reading rooms opening hours

Reading rooms opening hours: Richelieu-Louvois Library

'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

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.

Richelieu

Reading rooms

Reading rooms opening hours
From Monday to Friday Saturday
Admission for the Research library 10.00am-5.00pm 10.00am-12.00pm
1.00pm-5.00pm
Reference room (Salle de références) 10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Performing Arts (Arts du spectacle) 10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Prints and photographs
(Estampes et photographie)
10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Prints and photographs
(Estampes et photographie) - Reserve Room
Tuesday & Thursday 10.00am-12.00pm Closed
Manuscripts (Manuscrits) 10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Coins, medals and antiques
(Monnaies, médailles et antiques)
10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Coins, medals and antiques
(Monnaies, médailles et antiques) - Museum
1.00pm-5.45pm 1.00pm-4.45pm

To be noted

The Department of Maps and Plans is located in Room R (Research Library - Rez-de-jardin level) at François-Mitterrand Library until the reopening of its renovated spaces at Richelieu Library, planned for 2020.

Document release times

During renovation work at Richelieu Library, some collections were moved to other sites of the BnF. These documents remain available.

These specific opening hours concern the documents housed at the Richelieu Library.

Performing arts department

Requests collection and document release times
  Monday to Friday Saturday
Requests collection 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
Document release 10:00 to 17:45 10:00 to 16:45

Average release length : 30 minutes after the requests collection.

An item requested after 15:30 will be delivered the day after with requests collected at 11:00.

Prints and Photographs department

Document release times
Monday to Friday Saturday
All documents except microfilms 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30
Microfilms 10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 16:30

Manuscripts department

Requests collection and document release times
  Monday to Friday Saturday
Requests collection 10:30, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30 10:30, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30
Document release except for the Reserve 10:00 - 17:00 10:00 - 16:00
Document release for Reserve 10:00 - 10:30, 13:30 - 14:00 no document release

Average release length : 45 minutes after the requests collection.

An item requested between 15:30 and 17:00 will be delivered the day after at 10:00. An item requested after 17:00 will be delivered the day after with requests collected at 10:30.

Coins, Medals and Antiques department

Document release times
Monday to Friday Saturday
10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 16:30

Friday, September 16, 2016

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