Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

Quai François Mauriac - 75706 Paris
The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is responsible for more than 40 million documents collected over the five centuries of its existence. In addition to books, magazines, photographs, prints, maps, sheet music, audio and audiovisual documents and video games collected through legal deposit, the library’s collections also include manuscripts, coins and medals, and theatre sets and costumes. All intellectual, artistic, and scientific disciplines are represented, in an encyclopaedic spirit.
A place par excellence for the dissemination of knowledge, the BnF, on its various sites (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Arsenal and Opéra) offers reading rooms for study and research, and has a cultural programme both on site and online. Each year, it organizes some fifteen exhibitions to promote the richness of its collections and hosts some one hundred readings, lectures, shows and concerts. The François Mitterrand site hosts more than 200 cultural events: talks, colloques, projections, master classes and presents the annual festival Bibliothèque Parlante (in June) where the greatest actors gather for exceptional readings and meetings. The BnF collections can also be discovered through its many exhibitions featuring major literary figures (Proust, Champollion, Baudelaire, Tolkien, the Surrealists …) or major themes (the world of spheres, manuscripts of the extreme, a century of exploration…).
A programme of themed visits and practical workshops for all complements the cultural programme and the resources of the reading rooms.


Gratuité accordée à la personne handicapée (sur présentation d'un justificatif) et à son accompagnateur.


Exhibitions free for under 18s, visits to the site free for under 12s


Admission to the site is free of charge, but exhibitions and certain events are subject to a charge (free exhibitions for under 18s only);
See the website of the BnF:


Supplement of €3 on the price of the admission ticket (site and exhibitions);
Booking is necessary at the booking office by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 01 53 79 49 49


Exhibition: €9 full price and €7 reduced price.


Of the building, tour of the contemporary art collection, temporary exhibitions, from €45;
For external guides, a booking fee of €20 is added to the entrance charge


Site: Monday from 2 - 8pm; Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 8pm; Sunday 1 - 7pm;
Public Library: Monday to Saturday 10am - 8pm; Sunday 1pm - 7pm;
Research Library: Monday 2 - 8pm; Tuesday to Saturday 9 am - 8pm;
Exhibitions: Monday to Saturday 10am - 7pm; Sunday 1pm - 7pm.

  • Ascension Day
  • 15 August
  • 25 December
  • 1 January
  • 14 July
  • 1 May
  • 8 May
  • 11 November


  • Educational activities
  • Shop/bookshop
  • Restaurant



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Activity booklet and booklet to accompany the visit to the temporary exhibitions;
Mediation resources on the building and the library for the public or for people with disabilities;
Audiophone and magnetic loop


German, English, Spanish


Guided tours of sites (François Mitterrand, Richelieu, Arsenal);
Workshops relating to the programme of exhibitions;
Workshops related to the collections of the BnF (Book workshops, Pop Up…);
Workshops and visits adapted to people with disabilities in groups and individuals (adults, children, families)


The Café des Globes in the Bibliothèque nationale de France welcomes you for coffee break or a snack.


German, English, Spanish, French sign language

Sustainable approach

The National Library of France has been committed to a sustainable development policy since 2007: green spaces are treated ecologically and favour the development of biodiversity, waste can be sorted in public spaces, works have allowed for a reduction in energy consumption.

  • Paris Action Climat


Offer adapted to disabled people
Hearing impairment

Motor disability:
- Parking on request and presentation of a disability badge 48 hours in advance ([email protected]), access to staff parking area from Monday to Saturday for arrival before 2.30pm and on Sundays for arrival between 11.45am and 1.45pm (please specify the names of all people attending and the registration number of the vehicle, due to the Vigipirate security plan)
- Floor-level entrance on Avenue de France and access by lift
- Lowered and adapted reception desk, access gate allowing for autonomy
- Adapted communal toilets with grab rail and adapted sink
- Restaurant with wide aisles and adapted tables for wheelchair users.
Visual impairment:
- Secure guiding path with tactile floor and sound terminals from the edge of the site to the welcome desk
- transparent glass walls/doors marked with contrasting elements
- no head-level obstacles in the corridors
- stairs with tactile and visual contrast before first step down with continuous hand rail and contrasting step edges
- lift with speakers to announce floor numbers, portable electronic magnifying glasses, video enlargers, reading machines, Vocale Presse software, braille and large font
- adapted exhibitions.
Hearing impairment:
- Magnetic induction loop, subscription to a French Sign Language interpreting service and real-time subtitles at all information points (this subscription also allows deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors to contact the Library online before arrival)
- auditoriums and certain public telephones equipped with induction loops
- tours and conferences interpreted in French Sign Language, audio headsets with induction loop available
Mental disability:
- Trained/educated staff
- easy to understand and legible signs with pictograms
- entrance monitored by CCTV and visible from reception.

Adapted activities and workshops

Paris for people with disabilities

Official partner


Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris
Parking lot
Tolbiac-Bibliotheque, 23 Rue Emile Durkheim - 75013 Paris
Public transportation
6Quai de la Gare
14Bibliotheque-Francois Mitterrand
CBibliothèque Francois Mitterrand
32564Pont De Tolbiac

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