Bibliothèque nationale de France / National Library of France

How to find us

The BnF services are distributed over 5 locations / sites.
François-Mitterrand: Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris (
Richelieu: 5 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris (
Arsenal: 1 Rue de Sully, 75004 Paris (
Opéra: 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris (
Maison Jean Vilar: 8 Rue de Mons, 84000 Avignon (


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The architect who designed the François-Mitterrand building in the 90s is Dominique Perrault.

Year founded

The Library goes back to the 14th century and a royal collection but the first legislation regarding Legal Deposit was enforced in 1537 as the king Francis the First signed the Ordonnance de Montpellier. In 1994, it became the Bibliothèque nationale de France and its missions were redefined.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is one of the largest heritage, public and research libraries in the world. Throughout its history, it has always performed the task of collecting and preserving national and global collections in its care, in any form, for the benefit of all. Its digital library, Gallica was launched in 1997.


Three CENL libraries honoured with the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2024 for the NewsEye project

Launched by the European Commission in 2002, in partnership with Europa Nostra – Europe’s largest heritage network – the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards highlight each year outstanding European personalities, initiatives and projects in the field of cultural heritage.

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