Accueil des personnes en situation de handicap
Téléphone : 01 53 79 37 37 du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 17h, ou par courriel à
Public Library’s reading rooms: from Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 7pm.
Research Library on François-Mitterrand site : on Monday 2pm - 7pm ; from Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 7pm.
Research Library on Richelieu, Arsenal and Opéra sites : usual opening hours. Consult the terms of access [fr]
Please check Conditions of entry to our sites and pre-book online for accessing Research Library or consulting documents.
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In the Research Library (Rez-de-jardin level), at the François-Mitterand site, users with reduced mobility can reach the reading rooms by 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 readers in wheelchair allows to get in contact with a staff member who will come and open 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 Public Library (Haut-de-Jardin level), a specific device allows people with reduced mobility to open and close the automatic barriers.
Wheelchairs are available for free, on presentation of an identity card, in the clockrooms located in the East and West halls.
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 Public 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.
Sound proof booths are located in room E (Public Library) and rooms M and U (Research Library) at the François Mitterrand site. 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 docume
Some tours and lectures are punctually proposed in sign language.
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: email@example.com
The François-Mitterrand Library is equipped with magnetic loop systems necessary to hearing-impaired visitors. These devices are available in the auditoriums, at welcome and cashier desks, at the accreditation service and information offices in all the reading rooms.
The Arsenal Library is equipped with the same system in the entrance and the reading room.
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.
Also, the Department of educational programs proposes a variety of activities connected to BnF’s exhibitions.