The library is set up in the former ‘Pavillon de l’Empereur” of the Palais Garnier intended to Napoleon the 3rd. Located in the western wing of the building, on the garden side, this pavilion included an approach ramp to a ‘covered’ shed for horse-drawn carriages. At the upper floor, the Head of State had access to his lodge from the sitting-room and the smoking room. After the fall of the Second Empire, this area was handed over to the Museum-Library.
The current layout of the Opera Library dates back to 1991. The sitting-room houses the reading-room; temporary exhibitions are organized in the lower rotunda and the museum’s permanent collections can be seen in the former smoking-room.
about the Palais Garnier on website of Paris Opera - Palais Garnier
The Opera Library holds major resources about the architecture of the Palais Garnier, set sketches, costumes, programmes, jewels… and archives concerning the shows performed by the Académie de Musique et de Danse for three centuries.
about collections on Opera Library
Monday, April 18, 2016
Free or guided tours of Paris Opera are proposed to visitors.