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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
17th Arr. - Gobelins
+33 1 53 79 53 79
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here to check out the extraordinary architecture and to work in peace and quiet for a while. As a temporary visitor, I wish there were more study spaces that were accessible without a pass (which costs 15 euro). Nevertheless, it was a pretty...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AlisonG2165
Reviewed 3 October 2018

There are always special expositions here, so come for one that interests you. They do a good job. Otherwise the architecture is not a success as it is dangerous outside in rainy weather and just cold and windy. Outside a new city has taken shape.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kityayma
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: November 2016
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

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