Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois Library in Paris
Part of the BNF, this library holds historical collections such as manuscripts from the earliest human writings through to maps and plans, music documentation, prints and photographs along with a museum.
About the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois in Paris
The Bibliotheque Nationale de France is the national library called the BNF for short, and they oversee two of the most major libraries in Paris, which are the Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand and the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois.
So when you look back at the history of the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois, you will find that this is the historical library housed within buildings from the 1600s, and some very impressive architecture and internal decorations can be found here, just like the famous Oval Reading Room, known as the Salle Ovale.
The Galerie Mansart and the Galerie Mazarine also have spectacular decorations and some of the original paintings by Romanelli and Grimaldi can still be seen today, yet these areas are reserved for temporary exhibitions, and therefore are not always open.
And sometimes known as the BNF Richelieu, the Bibliotheque Richelieu or even the Richelieu Quadrilateral area, this library holds very important collections including manuscripts from the earliest human writing to manuscripts of contemporary writers.
There are also prints and photographs and collections of music and performing arts along with maps and plans along with the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques, which holds an unusual collection of coins, medals and antiquities.
In addition to this, there is even a crypt at the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois that holds ancient manuscripts as well, and this library is utilised by researchers from all over the world. Plus you will find that there are vending machines located close to the Oval room and the department of prints and photography where you can purchase hot drinks and snacks.
Visiting the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois Library
You will find the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois open on a Tuesday to a Saturday from 10am through to 7pm and on a Sunday from noon until 7pm, however, it is always closed on a Monday and on all National French holidays such as 1st May and 15th August.
We would also like to point out that there is an annual closure each year, which is approximately from the 8th September through to around the 21st September, and on the eve of certain holidays such as 24th December, the library closes early at 3pm.
Now when it comes to public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro stations are the Bourse stop via line 3, the Palais-Royal stop via lines 1 and 7 and the Pyramides stop via lines 7 and 14. Alternatively the bus numbers 20, 29, 39, 67, 74 and 85 will also get you close by to the library and the Cabinet des Medailles or Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antques as it is also known.
- Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques
- History of the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois
- History of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF)
Address and Contact Details
5 Rue Vivienne
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 79 59 59
Tourist attractions close by
- Louvre Museum
- Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
- Tuileries Gardens
- Pont du Carrousel
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