The national library's Richelieu site


The Bibliothèque Nationale's main collections having moved to the 13th arrondissement in the 1990s, the library's historic birthplace has been undergoing major renovation work since June 2011. One purpose of the work is to improve conservation conditions for the specialist collections still held here, such as Performing arts, Maps and plans, and Manuscripts. This latter department is a real treasure house, with papyrus documents, illuminated manuscripts, Marcel Proust's handwritten drafts and more. The library's regular exhibitions draw fascinated crowds; the next one, in the Prints and Photography department (which boasts one of the world's richest collections), is of 17th-century French drawings (from 18 March). The Richelieu library's reading room should reopen this year and the building will soon be open to a wider public, through the garden on Rue Vivienne and from Rue Richelieu.


5 rue Vivienne - Tél. 01 53 79 59 59