France's National library

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Guided tour of the spectacular modern headquarters of the Bibliothèque Nationale de FranceIts four towers, standing at 80 metres (262 ft.) above the level of the river, house 14 million books and publications available for researchers and the general public to consult. Discover the reading rooms under the towers, with their high, cathedral-style ceilings.

  • Location: Bercy-BNF
  • Disabled Access: Yes
  • Access by Public Transport: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand metro station (line 14 / RER C)
  • Language: English

France's National library
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Description

If you want to understand the origins of this institution and its six centuries of history, you can’t miss this tour. It’s also an opportunity to appreciate the complex architecture of the National Library’s modern headquarters, built in the 90s and named after former President François Mitterrand.

Modern architecture for an institution founded in 1368 

The tour of the National Library will guide you from the underground reading rooms, protected from the floods by gigantic concrete walls, to the beautiful Coronelli globes commissioned by Louis XIV.


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