BIBLIOTHÈQUE PUBLIQUE D’INFORMATION, CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU
19 rue Beaubourg, metro: Rambuteau
Monday-Friday 12h-22h (closed Tuesday), Saturday-Sunday 11h-22h
Free public access. Generally long queues, especially on Sundays.
Free access, works classified by the Dewey decimal system. « Beaubourg » has a broad selection of works in English, micro-films, videos and dipositives (an excellent collection of dispositive on art) and an excellent foreign language laboratory (free.) The library is always busy with many people, so sometimes it’s hard to find space to work, and there may be long queues, especially on Sundays, but that being said it’s an excellent place to work as well as find resources.
BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE (BNF)
Quai François Mauriac 75013, metro: Quai de la Gare
This site of the « Bibliothèque Nationale de France » gives access to thousands of references of the BNF. Regular events (conferences, expositions, etc.) are hosted at the library.
Rez-de-Jardin (research library) Monday 14h-20h, Tuesday-Sunday 9h-20h
Inscription requires a meeting with personnel from the library: you must prove that your research requires the resources of the BNF Rez-de-Jardin, and bring a list of 15-20 works that are only found in the BNF Rez-de-Jardin. The inscription costs 35 euros for a paid annual library card, but the program will reimburse you.
While the Haut-de-Jardin is a university library that has the resources of the ENS or the Sorbonne, the Rez-de-Jardin is a research library that you only have access to as a masters student with unique resources only found at the BNF.
Printing, Periodicals, Audiovisual.
Other departments and services
58, rue de Richileu 75001 Paris
Photo gallery: Monday-Friday 10-18, Saturday 9-1, reserve Tuesday and Thursday 10-12
Cards and plans, engravings.
Eastern and Western Manuscripts: reading room Monday-Friday 10-18h, Saturday 10-17h, Reserve 17h
2, rue de Louvois:
Department of music: Monday-Friday 9-18h, Saturday 10-17
Reserve: Monday-Friday 10-16h30, Saturday 10-16h and large reserve 10-12
BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE L’ARSENAL
(Department de la Bibliothèque Nationale)/The library is part of the BNF
1, rue de Sully, 75004 metro: Sully Morland
not permitted of entire books or of recent works; photocopies can only be made with an authorized librarian.
see photo service (58 rue de Richelieu, Grande Cour, 10h-12h, 14h-16h) for the books that cannot be photocopied or for illustrations in rare books, manuscripts, etc.
29 quai Voltaire, 75007, metro: Rue du Bac
Monday-Friday 10-13h, 14h-18h/Free access
The ‘Documentation Française’ is a center of documentation on contemporary France and its relation to international issues. It’s also a publishing house that specializes in administration and on the public sector. 200,000 works on France and on the world since 1945; 4,000 periodicals.
Service of Documentary Works - Hours same as library.
Documents dating from 1945 on politics, economy, society and French and global cultures. Relationship between international organizations and globalization questions
(The service is at 8, avenue de l’Opéra, 75001)
10, place du Panthéon 75005, metro: Luxembourg
General Collections: Monday-Saturday 10h-22h
Reserve: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10h-18h, Tuesdays 14-18h, Saturdays 10h-17h
Nordic Collections: Monday-Saturday 14h-18h
Pre-inscription by Internet, or at the library with a valid ID
This library has a broad general collection of 950,000 works including 15,000 periodicals, but you may not borrow books from Bibliothèque Sainte Genviève. Like the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, Sainte Genviève has a very large beautiful reading room to study and work in.
THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS
10, rue du Général Camou, 75007, metro: École Militaire
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10-19h, Thursday 10-22h, Sunday 13-19h
This library requires a pass or membership card, which can be quite expensive. Note that the program will only reimburse this cost if your MA Essay subject concerns an Anglophone country. Day passes (15€/ day, 10€ discounted) or week passes (30€) do not permit borrowing, a privilege that only comes with a short-term membership card, (55€ for four months, 80€ for six months + 60€ for borrowing) or an annual 120€ 90€ for individuals under 25). With a membership, one may borrow up to 20 books, 10 magazines, or 5 media items at a time.
The collection specializes in English-language works. With 120,000+ works on hand, the library has a notable American studies collection as well as an extensive collection of reference works in English.