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 rooms also require the card, except for limited times in the evening. Even the reference room requires the card. The research library is located on the lower level, and you have to pay attention to opening hours. You may also access the library catalog (as well as a union catalog of French libraries) from the comfort of your home. The website is bnf.fr, and the portal is multilingual.
The four buildings comprising the library, overlook a gorgeous garden, with wide internal walkways connecting them. Plenty of free photography exhibits along the passageways. On the upper level of the library you will find a cafe as well as vending machines in one of the public areas.
Stroll around before or after you visit and enjoy the river and landscape.
A multi screen commercial cineplex is located outside the library.
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