OPENING HOURS, ACcESS & ADMISSION 

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Opéra

General Information

The Opera Library & Museum was joined to the National Library in 1935. It originates from the Opera library and archives created in 1866 and from the Opera museum which opened to the public in 1881. 

The current layout of the Opera Library and Museum dates back from 1991. The reading room is housed in the sitting room, the temporary exhibitions take place in the lower Rotunda and the permanent exhibition is located in the former smoking room.
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Palais Garnier

Public entrance :
Corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber

Postal address: 

8 rue Scribe
75009 Paris
Phone: +33(0)1 53 79 59 59

Bus

Lines 20, 21, 27, 29, 45, 52, 66, 68, 95

Metro

Lines 3, 7, 8, (Opéra), 7 et 9, (Chaussée-d’Antin) RER A, (Auber)

 

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
  • Closed on Sunday

Please note

The BnF is closed on bank holidays*
Annual closing of the Paris sites (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal & Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra): 
from Thursday, August 29, 2019 evening to Monday, September 9, 2019 in the morning.
*1 January, Easter Sunday and Monday, 1 and 8 May, Ascension Thursday, Pentecost Sunday and Monday, 15 August, 1 and 11 November, 25 December 

EXHIBITIONS

Opened everyday:
10AM - 5PM (accès jusqu’à 16h30)
Please note
The museum is not accessible during exceptional closures of the Palais Garnier.

Research Library

The Opera Library and archives were founded in 1866 to ensure the organization and conservation of historical and administrative documents owned by the Opera since the creation of the Académie Royale de musique et de danse by Louis XIV. It was originally placed under the patronage of the Ministry of Fine Arts, attached in 1935 to the National Library and then integrated in the Music Department in 1942. The Library keeps musical, iconographic and archive records from the activity of the Opéra and the Opéra comique and all documents regarding lyric art, dance and circus. The museum is open to the public and is accessible to the readers of the Research Library. 

Research Opéra Library

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Please note

Document communication stops 30 minutes before the closing of the reading room. 

Day Research pass

5 €

5-Day Research pass   (consecutive or not)

20 €

Unlimited research pass

Accès à la bibliothèque de recherche, à la bibliothèque tous publics,
aux expositions, concerts et spectacles vivants de la BnF.

Valable pendant 1 an.

Reduced fare

35 €

 

Document consultation 

To access the reading room of the Opera Library, you must be carrying 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 carry a Research Pass. This pass is available online or at the François-Mitterrand and Richelieu libraries

Passes

  • Day Research Pass
  • 5 Day Research Pass (consecutive or not) 
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. 
  • Unlimited Research Pass

This pass additionally grants you free access to the Library upper garden reading rooms, 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 SINDBAD service by chat, phone or email.

Access and admission prices

  • You have to be over 18 years old.
  • You need to show proof that you are conducting academic, professional or personal research work. 
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. Requests must be addressed to the person in charge by phone or directly in the reading room. 

Getting accredited

On the Richelieu and François Mitterrand sites, a personalized interview will be conducted by a librarian at the Accreditation service to assess the needs of each reader, and determine their accreditation and its duration (1 Day, 5 Day, Unlimited). The pass will then be given to the reader. 

Electronic Resources 

The library offers many electronic resources – periodicals, monographs, databases, Gallica and Internet Archives - which can be accessed on-site or online;

Making your visiting experience easy

Cloakroom

You can leave your personal belongings in the cloakroom before your visit (within storage capacity), except valuable and large items.

Please note

Cloakrooms work with 1 or 2 euro coins or with tokens available at the General Information desk. 

Under Plan Vigipirate at ‘Heightened Security/Risk of Attack’ level, security and controls near the Library entrance have been strengthened. Only cabin luggage (55cm × 35cm × 25cm) are accepted inside BnF. 

Consequently, access can take a little longer than normal. We thank you for your understanding. 

Mandatory deposits 

To make your visiting experience easier, some items must be checked at the cloakrooms: 
  • Motorbike helmets 
  • Umbrellas and walking sticks 
  • Backpacks and small luggage 
  • Sharp and harmful objects  
  • Cardboard portfolios 
Please note: Some collections are submitted to specific rules.