Pass BnF lecture / culture


Pass Presentation

The Pass BnF Lecture/Culture gives you unlimited access to the public reading rooms of the BnF, (Haut-de-jardin Level) which form an extensive reference library, and to about 15 exhibitions per year and 200 events, including festivals, concerts, lectures, symposia, conferences, and live performances. 

The BnF pass is a simplified and competitive offer for you to access knowledge in all its forms and diverse collections on all types of media: books, press, cartoons, film, video games, sound archives, photographies and more. 

Buy online

The Pass BnF Lecture/Culture can be completed or extended to a research pass (with research justification) with a complimentary rate. 

Single price: 15 € per year


Who is it for/terms of use

The BnF Reading/Culture pass is accessible to all from age 16 and up. It is valid for one year from the retrieval date. 

Buying the pass

Whether you are getting the pass for the first time or renewing, there are two ways to buy: 

  • On-site, at the BnF greeting desk upon presentation of a valid piece of ID
  • Online with a credit card (lien vers le site d’inscription billetterie et vers la page « Buy your pass online»)

The pass must be retrieved at the greeting desk by its owner in person. It is personal and cannot be lent.  

Other services and special offers

Other services

An introductory visit to the General Library (Haut-de-jardin)

For: general public from 16 and up
Introduction to the Haut-de-jardin General Library (François-Mitterrand): the contents of the visit depend on visitors’ interests, help in reading rooms. 

Entrance to the reading rooms depends on the current occupation rate. 

Visiting hours: every day at 5 PMm or on demand
Duration: 20 minutes
Rate: free
Meeting point: East hall in front of the François-Mitterrand Library model 

Personalized services

If you wish to better understand the Library and its different spaces, know which offer is best-fitted for your profile, research or request, you can access personalized service with or without a pass to the library. 

To access the service, you can: 

  • Book an appointment online:there are 15 minutes afternoon slots for the lecture/culture offer
  • Without appointment: at the accreditation service (‘Espace conseil’) in the East Hall of the François-Mitterrand Library