French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France), Paris

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Admire the contemporary architecture and take a journey through the world of knowledge at French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France). The massive structure on the bank of the Seine is shaped to represent four open books, and it houses millions of hand-written, printed, and digital documents from all possible spheres of life and science. The library's museum space displays numerous temporary exhibits as well as a permanent exhibit of antiques that includes items such as the throne of the Frankish King Dagobert and globes that belonged to Louis XIV. Don't miss the library's lush urban garden. The admission fee to the exhibition area gives you free access to the library's reading rooms. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Paris holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) Reviews

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  • We visited the Library on a miserable Sunday the 1st of December. Admission was free so we had a look inside and were surprised to see how many people were inside in the libraries, studying, reading.....  more »
  • This big national library is needed for academics who are doing research, but at some peril as the design causes problems in wet and windy weather as the entrances are dangerous. But once inside...  more »
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  • Fantastic place and space. Lots of lectures and also interesting for architecture travelers or architecture students good to see.
  • 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!! If one has an interest in enhancing their knowledge of France this is an important place to visit! I hope that this Review has been helpful!

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