To access the reading room of the Opera Library, you must be holding a pass. It can be delivered to you on site. If you want to access other Research Library sites (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Arsenal), you must hold a Research Pass. This pass is available online or at the François-Mitterrand and Richelieu libraries.
These two passes grant you free circulation during your day in all reading rooms of the Research Library as well as on all our sites.
This pass additionally grants you free access to the Library upper garden reading rooms at the Frnçois-Mitterrand site, exhibitions and events at the BnF.
The three passes are valid for one year from their delivery date. They are strictly personal.
Before purchasing a pass
You can prepare your visit by consulting our online catalogue or using our Ask a Librarian-SINDBAD
service by phone or email.
Access and admission prices
You have to be at least 18 years old.
You need to show proof that you are conducting academic, professional or personal research.
Heritage collections consultation is chiefly meant for extended, long-term research. It can also respond to short-term research, especially in case of not being able to find a document in other libraries.
Readers are invited to leave their personal belongings at the entrance of the library. While consulting documents from the Reserve or especially fragile or precious items, only pencils are authorized.
Please note: A request must be made prior to any communication of documents from the Reserve, addressed to the person in charge by phone or directly in the reading room.
How to get an Inscription
The conditions to get an inscription depend on our status and your specific needs/
The library offers many electronic resources – periodicals, monographs, databases, Gallica and Internet Archives - which can be accessed on-site or online.