National Library of France - François Mitterrand, Paris

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Architectural Building
Admire the contemporary architecture and take a journey through the world of knowledge at National Library of France - François Mitterrand. 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. Make National Library of France - François Mitterrand a centerpiece of your Paris vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Paris travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • There have been many problems with the design of this grand modern library including the windswept plaza where you enter and take your life in your hands on rainy days. But inside there are often very...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We had several "must see" venues for my companion who is a volunteer guide in the French language at the American Museum of Natural History; I've reviewed each of those sites here on TripAdvisor. I wa...  more »
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  • Building is very modern and its architecture is a must to see. Love the place and the last exhibition - Averdon photographer is so great - loved it !!
  • great library. biggest library i saw ever. beautiful view also
  • Simply beautiful! I loved to visit there, the architecture and the gardens at the center, the place to chill out... Definitely a place to go in Paris
  • Not my favorite building in Paris, but the inside is great to work or to discover new things (a lot of expos are organized here)
  • Awesome building, great place to get some work done