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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)

quai Francois Mauriac | 13e, 75706 Paris, France
+33 1 53 79 53 79
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This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine River is also one of the largest research libraries in the world.
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quai Francois Mauriac | 13e, 75706 Paris, France
+33 1 53 79 53 79
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

If you want to visit a different, even if not impacting place, you can go and either take a walk around or enter and visit the facilities. It's easily reachable by the Metro Line 14 (drop off at Bibliotheque Francois Miterrand Station). The view of...More

Thank Walter F
Reviewed 30 August 2017

There are always a number of temporary expositions here, some of them free to the public. The library complex has had a lot of problems related to its design. Avoid the outdoor platform on rainy or windy days as it is dangerous. Part of a...More

Thank Thomas V
Olivier C, Responsable relations clients at French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France), responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Thomas Thank you for coming to our library, and appreciating temporary expositions. Many ways of the outdoor platform are covered with non-skid coating. There is no risk to walk on them. Don't hesitate to come on rainy days, we will be glad to welcome...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

There have been many problems with the design of this grand modern library including the windswept plaza where you enter and take your life in your hands on rainy days. But inside there are often very good free special expositions, so watch for what is...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

You can get there by bus, metro or RER very easily. If your interest is in the library as a structure alone, just go there. However, if you are interested in using the resources, you need to apply for a card for a fee. Reading...More

2  Thank Atef Z
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We had several "must see" venues for my companion who is a volunteer guide in the French language at the American Museum of Natural History; I've reviewed each of those sites here on TripAdvisor. I was awarded one site and relied on the wonderful "Atlas...More

1  Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 11 November 2016

We've been here many times to view the temporary exhibits on the subjects of French history and art. Some are free. Come and form your own opinion of the modern architecture of France's major investment in a new library. You might want to avoid the...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice place for a walk. As it was next to the bus station, then I had to cross it to reach the city. I wish I had had more time to explore this place, seemed to be cool.

Thank g_marianaa
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Inaugurated in December 1996, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - architect D. Perrault - is a resolutely contemporary architecture made of wood, glass and steel. It is arranged around a central garden and consists schematically of a vast rectangular base forming an esplanade and four...More

3  Thank yvesganansia
Reviewed 30 January 2016

This show displays how Kiefer uses the theme of books in his art works. The exhibition covers two large halls and complements the much larger show running concurrently at the Pompidou Museum. The artist is versatile and inventive but some of the more esoteric endeavors...More

Reviewed 6 December 2015

Designed by the Architect Dominique Perrault. The 4 towers symbolise 4 opened books and simultaneously book shelves facing the lower level forest area protected as a shield box, making it inaccessible and untouchable, as something incomparably valuable, and for that reason can not be touched...More

2  Thank Murteiras_Apartment
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