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: 58 Rue de Richelieu, 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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Laurence Engel


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.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France-Site François Mitterrand. Les salles de lecture réservées aux chercheurs. Salle O: Droits, publications officielles. Rez de jardin. Le 30/10/2018

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.



A record number of visitors for the BnF in 2023

In 2023, 1,450,000 people visited all the sites of the Bibliothèque nationale of France (reading rooms, museum, exhibitions, events).

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