Bibliothèque nationale de France

  • Interpretation Centre
Bibliothèque national François Mitterand

As the guardian of an exceptional heritage that it protects and embodies, the Bibliothèque nationale de France is a major institution and a source of culture for all audiences.

The BnF gathers and disseminates knowledge, preserves everything published in France to form a national collection, and ensures its conservation and communication in order to pass it on to future generations. Its collections, unique in the world, include more than 40 million documents of all types: 15 million books and journals, one of the finest collections of manuscripts in the world, 5 million photographs, prints, maps, plans, scores, coins, medals, theatre sets and costumes, sound and audiovisual documents, video games, and, since 2006, billions of files collected as part of the legal deposit of the French web.

The BnF contributes to national and international scientific activity through an active research policy. As a place of transmission and accessibility to knowledge, the Library offers exhibitions, events, workshops, visits, participative events, but also book editions, online conferences and podcasts.

The Reading/Culture pass, at a single rate of €15, valid for one year from date to date, offers many advantages, including free and unlimited access to the library for all publics, to exhibitions and to events (for a fee).

The National Library of France is accessible to people with disabilities through reception, access to resources, reading aids and adapted mediation services.

Even more knowledge awaits you in the museums and cultural sites in Paris Region.

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 10 AM and 7 PM.

Closed on monday.

Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.


Free entry for disabled people and accompanying persons.

Group rates
Minimum number of tickets : 5
Maximum number of tickets : >100
Bulk ticketing available for temporary exhibitions.

Full price: 10 €
Reduced price: 8 €
Set price group adults: from 45 € (From 45€ (adult and children groups)).

Free entry for disabled people and accompanying persons.

Unlimited annual passes
- Reading/Culture Pass: €15.


Types of customers

  • Cash dispensers


  • Sales TO/Distributors


  • Animals accepted

Additional information

  • The Library of the Haut-de-Jardin is open to all from 16 years.
  • On site restaurant : Café des Globes / Cafeteria.
  • Activities workshops for children, workshops for adults, site visits, exhibition visits, research support
  • - Space rental
  • Groups :
  • Minimum number of people : 5
  • Maximum number of people : 20


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 75 minutes (individual)
  • 75 minutes (groups)

Services and facilities


  • Book shop
  • Lift


  • Fast food
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Wi-fi


  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibition


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • German

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French

Additional information

Tours in English, Spanish, German or Sign language on request only
- individual visits on registration (information on
- Group visits (from 10 people)

Bookings on registration at +33 1 53 79 49 49 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm or by email at [email protected]

Accessibility for people with disabilities
For any information to prepare their visit, beneficiaries of the disability exception are invited to contact the BnF by e-mail: [email protected] or by telephone: + 33 1 53 79 37 37.


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs


line 6 : Quai de la Gare

Metro and RER
Line 14 and RER C : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Bus : 25, 62, 64,71, 89, 132 and 325

Plan your route


Contact information

  • Quai François-Mauriac 75013 Paris 13ème
  • +33 (0) 1 53 79 59 59

Your contacts


  • Groupe :
    Booking required
    External guide accepted
    Right to speak : fee - Cost of rightto speak : €20
    Deadline reservation : 8 days