National Library of France
Visitors with disabilities
The Reference Library (Haut-de-Jardin level) is open to anyone 16 years of age and over.
In each reading room, two seats are reserved for persons with reduced mobility and accompanying persons.
In the reading rooms of the Research Library (Rez-de-jardin level), at François-Mitterand Library, a certain number of seats are reserved for persons with reduced mobility.
When booking online, please select a 'Reduced mobility' seat.
If necessary, documents from closed stacks can be taken to the reader by a staff member.
In rooms M and U, visually impaired people can reserve specific booths fitted out with an equipement adapted to their needs (Cabines déficience visuelle).
Line 6: West entrance (escalators, stairs and lift).
Line 14 (easily accessible for users with disabilities): East entrance (escalators, stairs and lift). If the lift is out of order, you are invited to use the RER C exit.
RER C line: East entrance (escalator to reach Line 14)
Some stairs encircle the library on three of its sides. They lead to the horizontal platform – the esplanade – where you will find the East and West entrances.
The stairs slowly decline along the rue Raymond Aron and the rue Emile Durkheim. In both streets, the gradient is 5%. Direct access is possible via the Avenue de France.
You will find some lifts near the East and West entrances. These lifts provide direct access to the entrance halls:East hall and West hall (hall des Globes).
Please noteWhen the weather is wet and rainy, you are invited to follow the anti-slip path on the platform or along the stairs. At François-Mitterrand site, the platform is currently fit out to offer a safe and waymarked path to the East entrance hall.
Upon presenting a supporting document, a mobility impaired person can use the staff car park (entrance from Quai François Mauriac, 1.90 maximum height) which lifts provide direct access to the halls. He/she will be greeted in the car park.
Entrance to the car park is possible
WarningEffective June 1, 2013, access to staff parking will be closed from Monday to Friday, from 14:30.
Assistance can be provided to visitors from the outside to the reading rooms, exhibition areas or auditoriums. This service has been particularly conceived to answer visitors’ requests and help them make the best use of the library.
It is available during the opening hours of the library at François-Mitterrand site. If you plan to come during week-ends, please prepare your visit and call us several days in advance.
Upon presentation of a supporting document, reading rooms and exhibitions are accessible for free for visitors with disabilities and persons who escort them.
Visitors with disabilities and pregnant women have priority to enter the reading rooms and exhibitions.
The reference library (Haut-de-jardin level – François-Mitterrand site) is open to any person over 16.
The research library (Rez-de-jardin level – François-Mitterrand site, Richelieu-Louvois site, Arsenal site, Opera site) is open to any person over 18, presenting the required documents for his/her academic, professional or personal search. Admission requests of readers with disabilities are considered with particular attention.
In the reading rooms of the Rez-de-jardin level (F.-Mitterrand), some seats are reserved for persons with disabilities. You can find them in the reserving system : choose "Situation de handicap", then "Mobilité réduite".
Thursday, July 31, 2014