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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)

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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.
quai Francois Mauriac | 13e, 75706 Paris, France
+33 1 53 79 53 79
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

This is the 6th largest Library in the World. It contains about 40 million items-- of which 14 million are books! One of the locations has a "newish", modern building whose architecture is astounding!! From a distance the buildings resemble books located along the Seine!!...More

1  Thank Mark D
Reviewed 24 May 2018

As a lover of libraries, I was keen to visit this modern structure that some call a masterpiece, and others a monstrosity. It is indeed a marvel, of sorts. Occupying a vast space it is composed of four main buildings, designed to resemble open books...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Since its opening I had not returned to the BnF. My purpose had been to see the 2 large Louis XIV globes that are now a permanent fixture, and have a look at the new constructions surrounding the BnF. The buildings, looking like four open...More

Thank notacanada
Reviewed 24 April 2018

The sole purpose of this review is to note that when my wife and I went to the Bibliotheque Nationale this morning (a Tuesday), we arrived to see a very long line waiting outside the building, on the terrace. (Actually, there were two lines; I...More

Thank dennisfr
Reviewed 3 April 2018

At a time when much of the world has ignored its libraries, France chose to invest in a new national library complex. Impressive. I love it for regular temporary expos, often free, on many different subjects. Always well-curated. My French friends tell me that the...More

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 25 January 2018

In this modern library are two 17th century globes made for Louis XIV. The Coronelli Globes are stunning. Both are just under 4 meters in diameter and are suspended. the celestial globe is mostly blue and white with painted archers, horses and various zodiac creatures....More

1  Thank raypask
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

4  Thank Atef Z
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