Room T – Books and Libraries
In the section on library science and information science, an important part of the collection concerns the BnF publications (reports, exhibition catalogs, private collections inventories etc.) on top studies on libraries in several countries and their history and management. Room T offers 14,400 documents and 30 seats.
Room T – Books and Libraries © Thierry Ardouin
- History of books (8,700 volumes)
Periodicals are divided into professional reviews like Livres Hebdo and titles on the history of books such as Le Bulletin du bibliophile.
Library science and Information science (5,200 volumes)
Freely accessible Internet stations
Reproduction room (1 scanner operated by staff; 1 microform reader and reproducer with direct access) with a card distributor.
Room presentation and greeting in sign language with an online interpreter (Acceo): ask the Head of the room.
The Literature and Art Department stores two unique collections which constitute a precious source for book historians and are constantly updated:
- The ‘Q10 shelf number’ which gathers over 200,000 publisher’s and librarian’s catalogs from 1638 to today.
- The ‘Delta shelf number’ which gathers over 87,000 sales catalogs from private libraries (books and manuscripts).
Room T specifically delivers the following collections: librarians’ and publishers’ catalogs (Q10) as well as communications (by numbers) for the departments (requiring the Director’s authorization) and the archives of the BnF.