Collections and services


From manuscripts to self-published books, from humanist editions to contemporary critical analysis.

Foreign literature

The library’s foreign literature collections cover most of the world’s countries, and encompass both original language and French texts.
Volume II of the Works of Goethe: title page with illustration 

Volume II of the Works of Goethe: title page with illustration

The foreign literature and general and comparative literature collections held at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) consist of works and journals acquired from the full range of countries where English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, and Scandinavian languages are spoken, as well as non French-speaking African countries.

While original language texts by both classical and very contemporary authors represent the majority of the Research library’s foreign literature collection, a significant proportion is taken up by critical studies, study days, concordances, symposiums, bibliographies, and academic works.

The Reference library offers corpora by foreign authors as well as a large number of French translations. Like the Research library, the Reference library monitors current events in literary publishing.

Manuscripts by major authors such as Heinrich Heine and Miguel Angel Asturias are held in the Manuscripts Department at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu).

Friday, December 16, 2016