Library and cultural centre

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site Richelieu-Louvois

58 rue de Richelieu - 75002 Paris

Opéra - Grands Boulevards - 2e Arrondissement


The Richelieu-Louvois site is the historic birthplace of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Located in the heart of the capital, in the 17th century is was composed of several important and beautiful buildings, including the Palais Mazarin, the Hôtel Tubeuf and the Galerie Mansart. The library was installed on the site during the first half of the 18th century. Today it houses exceptional collections: manuscripts (from the remains of the most ancient writings to the manuscripts of modern writers), prints and photographs, stage music and art, letters and plans and finally the museum of coins, medals and antiques.

Architectural style

  • Classique


  • Bibliothèque
  • Dessins
  • Documents
  • Enluminures
  • Estampes
  • Histoire
  • Iconographie
  • Illustrations
  • Lithographies
  • Manuscrits
  • Médailles
  • Monnaies
  • Ouvrages

Epoque des collections

  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)
  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities

Educational activities

Workshops and talks.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

The public spaces (except reading rooms) are freely accessible to visit. Guided tours of the Richelieu site are organized twice a week - see

Guided tour

Thursdays 3.30pm; Saturdays 5.30pm; extra visits on certain days. For more information contact: +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49 / Price: €3 per person.

Group tour

Tel.: +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49 - Email:

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times


Exceptional closure

From 2011 to 2022, over the course of the Richelieu project, the Richelieu-Louvois site will be undergoing major works. Because of this, certain departments and areas may be temporarily closed. The opening of the museum, the exhibition spaces, the Vivenne garden, the café, the bookshop and a new covered passageway (between rue de Richelieu and rue Vivienne) is planned for summer 2022.

Opening times

Hours vary by room, generally Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site Richelieu-Louvois

58 rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49

  • Subway - Bourse
  • Bus - 20, 29, 39, 74, 85

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