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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 16 October 2015

I knew nothing about this place beforehand except that the buildings were designed to look like open books. I'm glad I didn't know, because I was surprised by the massive stairs leading up from the Seine, the huge expanse of wooden decking, and the incredible...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2015

We went today to walk around the forest in the middle of the four buildings that frame the space that is this fabulous library. Thought about the Piaf exhibit but around the circumference of the forest you find comfortable chairs and individual desks that invite...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

A very interesting complex featuring four tall corner towers representing open books, with a sunken garden in the center

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Reviewed 19 June 2015

I have conducted research at the BN for decades as a student and then as a researcher on early modernity. During that time I've seen it evolve from a rather delightfully but frustrating and fusty old-fashioned library into a powerhouse of digital scholarship housed on...More

1  Thank dgqc
Reviewed 18 June 2015

The library was designed by Dominique Perrault and was one of Mitterrand's project. The building look like 4 standing books; the 15 000 oukoume wood blinds are also a very good idea. The atmosphere of the reading area is warm, quiet and relaxing.

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Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

I have been to a library this huge was here on conferrence and have no words to define how awesome it is. Simply remarkable

2  Thank Naveed A
Reviewed 11 May 2015

We wnet because of an Edith Piaf exhibition for what would have been her 100th birthday. The tickets were slightly over piced for one exhibition. Stairs leading down to Library very dangerous when wet as they were metal. Staff on exhibition were very pleasant but...More

1  Thank Wendy D
Reviewed 7 May 2015

I have no knowledge of how this library functions for research and other scholarly pursuits. Maybe it is brilliant. The architecture, however, is deplorable. Cold, austere, lacking in warmth and intelligent signage. Everything about it fairly shouts that you are unwelcome. One can barely find...More

2  Thank ParisRepas
Reviewed 25 April 2015

I visited the BNF to see the Edith Piaf exhibition. As a lover of Piaf and her music I found it extremely interesting and well worth a marking of four out of five. However I thought the buildings and the surrounding area was appalling. This...More

Thank SergeLourie
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I took the metro to Bercy Village (Cour St. Emilion stop) and after lunch walked through lovely ParK Bercy. From there I crossed the river on rue Joseph Kessel making an immediate right turn once across the river and within a few feet coming to...More

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