La Bibliothèque nationale de France is reopening on a phased basis from 6 July, subject to Government public health advice.
Priority Access to Research Reading Rooms will be given to Readers with a material/document reservation. It won't be possible to order material on the day of your visit. Readers and staff are required to wear a mask in all the public spaces of the library.
Holders of a ‘Pass Recherche’ can book appointment and order material online.
Pass BnF 'lecture / culture'
The Pass BnF ‘Lecture/Culture’ gives you unlimited access to the reading rooms of the Public Library (Haut-de-jardin Level, François-Mitterrand site), 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, to diverse collections on all types of media: books, press, cartoons, film, video games, sound archives, photographies and more.
The Pass BnF ‘Lecture/Culture’ can be completed or replaced by a Research Pass (with justificatory documents) with a complimentary rate.
Single price: 15 € per year
The Pass BnF ‘Lecture/Culture’ is accessible to all from age 16 and up. It is valid for one year from the retrieval date onwards.
Buying the pass
Whether you are getting the pass for the first time or renewing it, there are two ways to purchasing:
- On-site, at the BnF greeting desk upon presentation of a valid piece of ID
- Online with a credit card
The pass must be retrieved at the greeting desk by its owner in person. It is personal and cannot be let.
Other services and special offers
An introductory visit to the Public Library [In French]
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
Meeting point: East hall in front of the François-Mitterrand Library model
Personalized services [In French]
By making an appointment online (in French) and selecting a 15-minute slot.
Directly on site at the Inscription Service in the Eastern Hall of the François-Mitterrand site.