Exhibition and Trade Show venue

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

Quai François Mauriac - Accès entrée Est - 75013 Paris

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


The National Library of France, heir to the royal collections amassed since the end of the Middle Ages, is in a way the guardian of all the knowledge of the world.
On the site François-Mitterrand, a building whose four angular towers symbolize four open books, overlooking the banks of the 13th arrondissement of Paris, more than 15 million books and printed works are preserved.
It is here, born from the need to enlarge and modernize the institution, that the National Library proposes an ambitious cultural season (temporary exhibitions, conferences, readings, concerts).

Architectural style

  • Contemporain


  • Antiquités
  • Architecture
  • Art monumental
  • Arts graphiques
  • Auditorium
  • Beaux-Arts
  • Bibliothèque
  • Calligraphie
  • Costumes
  • Dessins
  • Histoire
  • Illustrations
  • Instruments et objets d'art
  • Lettres autographes
  • Littérature
  • Manuscrits
  • Medecine
  • Multimédia

Epoque des collections

  • Egypte antique (3000 av JC)
  • Grèce antique (800 av JC au Ier ap JC)
  • Rome antique (VIIe av JC au Ve ap JC)
  • Paléochrétien (Ier - IVe)
  • Byzance (IVe - XVe)
  • Moyen Age (Ve - XVe)
  • Islam (VIIe)
  • Roman (Xe - XIIe)
  • Gothique (XIIe - XVe)
  • Renaissance (XVe - XVIe)
  • Maniérisme (XVIe)
  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)
  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)
  • Fauvisme (XXe)
  • Cubisme (XXe)
  • Modernisme (XXe)


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

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Services and facilities of the establishment

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Educational activities

For ages 9 to 13: Discovering medieval writing Sessions at 3pm, lasting 2 hours Price: €5 per child (registration required) For ages 7 to 11: Pop-up card creating workshop Session at 3pm, lasting 2 hours Price: €5 per child (registration required) Illustration for beginners workshop Sessions at 3pm, lasting 2 hours Price: €5 per child (registration required) The Legend of King Arthur Sessions at 3pm, lasting 2 hours Price: €5 per child (registration required) For ages 3 to 6: Storytime Sessions on Sundays at 4pm, booking required 4 hands workshop Sessions at 11am, lasting 1 hour Price: €5 per person (registration required) Family workshops: Investigation at the National Library of France! Guided tour at 3pm, for groups, reservation required, lasting 90 minutes Price: €5 per person

Combined tickets

For certain events - Coupled ticket: for 2 exhibtions at the National Library of France at a preferential rate - Twinned ticket: with another cultural institution for certain exhibitions


Café des Globes, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6.30pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 6.30pm, 130 seated places

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

For exhibitions: €9 full price and €7 reduced price.

Guided tour

Guided exhibition tour: standard exhibition price + €3. Architecture and heritage: €3.

Group tour

€45 for a group of 15 to 20 people.


Free for young people and children

Under 12 years old

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Chèque Vacances

Closing times


Exceptional closure

Annual closure for around 10 days from the end of August to the start of September. Closed 24 and 31 December, Easter Sunday and Pentecost.

Opening times

Exbihition hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sundays from 1pm to 7pm.

Voir la carte

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

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

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

Sustainable development approach

The National Library of France has been committed to a sustainable development policy since 2007: green spaces are treated ecologically and favour the development of biodiversity, waste can be sorted in public spaces, works have allowed for a reduction in energy consumption.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs

Accessibility information

- Physical disability: parking on request and presentation of a disability badge 48 hours in advance (accueil.handicap@bnf.fr), access to staff parking area from Monday to Saturday for arrival before 2.30pm and on Sundays for arrival between 11.45am and 1.45pm (please specify the names of all people attending and the registration number of the vehicle, due to the Vigipirate security plan), floor-level entrance on Avenue de France and access by lift, lowered and adapted reception desk, access gate allowing for autonomy, adapted communal toilets with grab rail and adapted sink, restaurant with wide aisles and adapted tables for wheelchair users.
- Visual impairment: secure guiding path with tactile floor and sound terminals from the edge of the site to the welcome desk, transparent glass walls/doors marked with contrasting elements, no head-level obstacles in the corridors, stairs with tactile and visual contrast before first step down with continuous hand rail and contrasting step edges, lift with speakers to announce floor numbers, portable electronic magnifying glasses, video enlargers, reading machines, Vocale Presse software, braille and large font, adapted exhibitions.
- Hearing impairment: magnetic induction loop, subscription to a French Sign Language interpreting service and real-time subtitles at all information points (this subscription also allows deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors to contact the Library online before arrival), auditoriums and certain public telephones equipped with induction loops, tours and conferences interpreted in French Sign Language, audio headsets with induction loop available.
- Mental disability: trained/educated staff, easy to understand and legible signs with pictograms, entrance monitored by CCTV and visible from reception.

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