The Bibliothèque nationale de France collects, preserves and makes known the national documentary heritage.
The BnF’s collections are unique in the world: 14 million books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents, scenery elements... All disciplines, whether intellectual, artistic or scientific, are represented in a comprehensive way. About 150 000 documents are added to the collections each year thanks to legal deposit, acquisitions and donations.
The BnF received as a legacy the royal collections gathered since the late Middle Ages.
Today, the BnF’s digital library, Gallica, provides access to over three millions documents.
Numerous cultural events highlight and make known the library’s outstanding collections: exhibitions, lectures, symposiums, concerts and meetings are planned all year long.
Exceptionnal reception halls
The lecture hall and exposition hall
The high-quality lecture hall offers elegant and comfortable seating for up to 350 persons
The vast exposition hall offers space for sponsor displays and the poster sessions.