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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
  • Voluminous luggages, suitcases and bags won't be accepted any longer within the BnF's sites.

Open every day except Sunday

Closed on public holidays:

  • 1 January
  • Easter Sunday and Monday (20 and 21 april 2014)
  • 1 and 8 May
  • Ascension Thursday (29 may 2014)
  • Pentecost Sunday and Monday (8 and 9 june 2014)
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 and 11 November
  • 25 December

Annual closure: from 29 August to 6 September 2015.

Richelieu

Reading rooms

From Monday to Friday Saturday
Readers' Advisory Service 10.00am-5.00pm 10.00am-12.30pm
1.30pm-5.00pm
Reference room (Salle de références) 10.00am-6.00pm 9.00am-5.00pm
Performing Arts (Arts du spectacle) 10.00am-6.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Maps and plans (Cartes et plans) 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
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
Sunday : 12.00pm-6.00pm

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

  Monday to Friday Saturday
Requests are collected at the following hours 11:00, 14:00,15:30 11:00, 14:00,15:00

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.

Maps and Plans department

  Monday to Friday Saturday
Document release times 10:00 to 16:45 10:00 to 16:30
Reserve 10:00 to 16:45 no document relase

Prints and Photographs department

Monday to Friday Saturday
Document release times 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30
There is no lunchtime break for the release of microfilms.

Manuscripts department

  Monday to Friday Saturday
Requests are collected at the following hours 10:30, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30 10:30, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30
Reserve same hours 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


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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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