Library and cultural centre

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand Member

Quai François Mauriac - Accès entrée Est - 75013 Paris

Gare d'Austerlitz - Bibliothèque nationale de France F. Mitterrand - 13e Arrondissement

Description

Architect Dominique Perrault combined wood, glass and steel in his design of the BNF, inaugurated in 1996. On each of the four corners of this huge esplanade stands a tower in the shape of an open book, creating an overall sense of airiness and harmony, despite the monumental nature of the ensemble. The reading rooms look out over the central platform, with its inner garden, resembling a forest. Inside, visitors can discover two spectacular Louis XIV globes and benefit from a regular programme of large temporary exhibitions. Outside, a cinema complex, food trucks and numerous restaurants provide the area with a lively atmosphere. Curious-minded visitors should continue their stroll to Les Frigos. This former refrigeration station, built in 1921, now houses 120 artists and craft workers (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.). The annual ‘Portes Ouvertes’ event is an ideal opportunity to pay a visit and enjoy the exhibitions and concerts organized for the occasion. On the way back to the library, enjoy a stroll along the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir that links the area to Bercy on the Right Bank. Reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, it offers lovely views of the library and the Seine.

Architectural style

  • Contemporain

Collections

  • Encyclopédique

Garden

The garden can be found in between the 4 towers: it can be seen from all over the Library, but entry is not permitted.

Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Car park/Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Visitor tools

Audio guides with induction hearing loops available.

Educational activities

Workshops and talks for teachers and students.

Restaurant

Several places to eat: Le café des Globes (upper garden level), a picnic space, the Café des Temps (garden level), le Club des Lettres (garden level).

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

For lecture halls: see our website. For exhibitions: €9 full price and €7 reduced price.

Guided tour

€3 upon reservation on +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49

Free

For a list of beneficiaries of the reduced price, see our website.

Free for young people and children

Under 18 years old

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times

Monday

Opening times

For lecture halls: see our website. For exhibitions: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 1pm-7pm (closed on Mondays).

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

Quai François Mauriac - Accès entrée Est
75013 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49
www.bnf.fr

  • Subway - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
  • RER - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
  • Bus - 62, 64, 89, 89, 132, 325

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs

Accessibility information

- Physically disabled: parking spaces available upon presentation of proof. Lifts to reading rooms, access gates enabling independence.
- Visually impaired: portable electric magnifying glasses, video magnifiers and reading machines, Vocale Presse software, Braille print or large print. Adapted exhibitions.
- Hearing impaired: reception in East entrance hall, auditoriums and some public telephones are equipped with induction hearing loops, tours and conferences often interpreted into French Sign Language, audio guides with induction hearing loops available.

The reservations office offers tours of the François-Mitterrand site upon reservation, aimed at disabled visitors.

To find out more, visit http://www.bnf.fr/en/for/visitors_with_disabilities/s.prepare_your_visit.html?first_Art=oui
Contact: +33 (0)1 53 79 49 49

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