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We need your support to restore the Oval Reading Room!

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The Oval Room is a magnificent reading room located at BnF Richelieu Library. We need your support to restore the former splendour of this unique heritage icon.

A donation to restore the Oval Reading Room is a major opportunity to contribute to preserving the national and universal heritage.

Adopting a lamp, a table or a column is a way to make a durable contribution and forge ties with the BnF.

Help us gather 500 000 € to fund  the restoration of the Oval Reading Room!

Make a donation

Welcome to the Oval Paradise

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The construction of the Oval room, designed by the French architect Jean-Louis Pascal, started in 1897 and was inaugurated in 1936. The volume of this room known as the 'Oval Paradise' is very impressive: 43,70-metre long, 32,80-metre large, 18-metre high. It is a delightful place made of mosaic, gold decorations, decorative paintings and unique furniture!

Under the glass-roof surrounded with an elegant interlacing of gilded acanthus leaves, there are 16 glass bull's eyes set in the upper part of the oval and used for ventilation. Each of them bears the name of a city symbolically famous in the history of civilizations and libraries: Paris, Byzantium, Washington, Florence, Athens, Ninive, Berlin, Alexandria, London, Babylon, Vienna, Thebes, Rome, Carthage, Beijing, Jerusalem.

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The restoration of the Oval Reading Room

© Jean-Christophe Ballot / BnF (enlarge image)

The renovation work is necessary to restore the splendour of this room which decorative elements tarnished and shaded off over the years: cracked paintwork, mosaic black with dirt, chipped gilding, damaged glass-roof, dirty friezes of painted decorative elements...

It includes the cleaning and restoration of:

  • the glass-roof
  • some paintings and decorative elements of the half-vault
  • some fake-wood kind paintings on the woodworks
  • some paintings of the metal elements: columns, capitals, stoves
  • stencil friezes of the 16 tympans
  • furniture: tables, lamps, desks, reception desks

Cost of the renovation work: 3,8 million euros
Duration of the renovation work: 4 years

Make a donation

To make a donation, you can:

Adopt a lamp, a table, a column

You can also contribute to supporting the restoration of a piece of furniture or an architectural element of the Oval reading room. Thanks to your help, we will be able to restore a lamp, a table or a column.

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A lamp

All lamps are adopted

The bronze lamps of the reading tables and desks are made of opaline globes and lampshades with a steel sheet, painted and covered with copper.

Number of lamps to adopt: 42
Cost of an adoption: 1 000 €

A table

Each of the waxed oak reading tables has a black linoleum desk blotter protected with hessian. The reading tables are not of the same length; some of them can accomodate one person only and the others, two persons. A headboard separates the spaces facing each other. Some small reveals on the work plans should be used to store the books when they are not consulted by the readers.

Number of tables to adopt: 100 (please choose your seat number)
Cost of an adoption: 2 000 €

A column

The cast-iron twin columns carry heavy capitals bearing the 12 arches of the ring-shaped half-vault.

Number of columns to adopt: 16
Cost of an adoption : 6 000 €


To make a donation, you can :

To make your donation in several payments, please contact us at 00 33 (1) 53 79 48 51 or richelieu@bnf.fr

Tax benefits

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You are an individual

You enjoy an income tax reduction equal to 66% of the amount of your donation up to 20% of your taxable income and five-year reportable (Law on sponsorship - August the 1st, 2013). For example:

  • A donation of 20 € costs 6,8€ after tax deduction
  • A donation of 50 € costs 17 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 100 € costs 34 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 200 € costs 68 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 500 € costs 170 € after tax deduction

Please contact us if you wish to make a donation from abroad

You are a company

You enjoy a reduction on the corporation tax equal to 60 % of the amount of the donation up to 0,5 % of the turnover. The surplus can be reported on 5 fiscal years (Law on sponsorship - August the 1st, 2013). For example:

  • A donation of 1000 € costs 400 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 1500 € costs 600 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 3000 € costs 1200 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 5000 € costs 2000 € after tax deduction
  • A donation of 10000 € costs 4000 € after tax deduction

The BnF thanks you

You made a donation

  • All the donors, if they so wish, will be named on the BnF website and on the gates of the Richelieu Library (rue Vivienne side)
  • The donors who contributed up to 200 € will enjoy a subscription to Chroniques, the magazine published by the BnF and to the newsletter of the library.
  • The donors who contributed between 200 € and 500 €, in addition to the advantages mentioned above, will be invited to the opening of the BnF exhibitions for a one-year period.
  • The donors who contributed over 500 € , in addition to the advantages mentioned above, will be invited to a VIP evening at Richelieu Library.

You adopted a lamp, a table or a column

  • The donors' names will be associated to the adopted element.
  • The donors will be invited to a VIP evening at Richelieu Library.
  • The donors will be invited to the opening of the BnF exhibitions for a one-year period.
  • The donors will enjoy a subscription to Chroniques, the magazine published by the BnF and to the newsletter of the library.
  • The donors, if they so wish, will be mentioned on the BnF website and on the gates of the Richelieu Library (rue Vivienne side).

Monday, January 2, 2017

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