National Library of France
Visitors with disabilities
In the Research Library (Rez-de-jardin level), at François-Mitterand Library, users with reduced mobility can reach the reading rooms thanks to elevators.
To access rooms P (Audiovisual) and X (Bibliographic research), users need to go through the 'Club chercheurs des Lettres' (for Room X) and through the 'Club chercheurs des Lois' (for Room P). A telephone reserved for wheelchair readers allows to get in contact with a staff member who comes and opens the doors leading to these rooms. This device provides a greater autonomy for readers using these rooms on a regular basis. Yet, the doors remain a major obstacle.
In the Reference Library (Haut-de-Jardin level), a specific device was fit out that allows people with reduced mobility to open and close the automatic barriers.
Some wheelchairs are available for free, on presentation of an identity card, in the clockrooms located in the East and West halls.
At BnF, special equipment for consulting documents is available for visually impaired readers
Some electronic portable magnifiers are available at François Mitterrand Library and Richelieu Library. Upon presentation of an identity paper, they might be borrowed to be used the whole day in the exhibition areas and reading rooms.
Video enlargers allow to enlarge any printed or handwritten text and allows the reader to change the contrast. They are available in rooms A, B, C, D, E, I and J of the Reference Library (Haut-de-jardin level) but also in rooms P and X of the Research Library (Rez-de-jardin level), in the reading room of the Maps and Plans Department and in the reference room at Richelieu Library. A video enlarger and a reading machine are also available at the Music department (Louvois Library) and at the Arsenal Library.
The sound proof booths are located in room E (Reference Library) and rooms M and U (Research Library) at François Mitterrand Library. In the Research Library, all booths are equipped with a wired internet connection; they should be reserved using the seat numbers M152 or U80.
The equipment provided allows:
The library’s staff is at readers’ disposal to consult the catalogue or specific documents. The same equipment is available in the reference room at Richelieu Library.
At BnF, the auditoriums, East entrance hall and some of the public phones have been equipped with magnetic induction loops necessary to hearing-impaired visitors. In 2005, the library was consequently granted the label « Tourisme et handicap pour la déficience auditive ».
Hearing aids with magnetic loops are available. This equipment can be requested at the reservation moment Phone: 00 33 (1) 53 79 49 49 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits in sign languageIn collaboration with the "Signes de sens" Association, specialized in cultural mediation for deaf persons, three discovery visits of the François-Mitterrand Library will be proposed to deaf visitors during the second half of the year 2012. They will be made by deaf guides trained in situ by BnF mediators. These visits are scheduled to take place in the Fall.
Some tours of François Mitterrand Library might be organised on request for visitors with disabilities. Please contact the reservation office at 00 33 1 53 79 49 49.
The programme varies according to users’ needs and specificity of each type of handicap. To prepare the tour, a meeting will be planned gathering the BnF’s staff and the association, institution or group wishing to take part in the tour. The library’s building materials as well as relief plans in large characters are also presented during the course of the tour.
On the other hand, the Division of educational programs proposes a variety of activities connected to BnF’s exhibitions.
Thursday, July 24, 2014