Apart from the students during their long days of studying, not a lot of Parisians and even less tourists dare to enter Paris libraries. Yet, they’re free of charge and are filled with thousands of books ready to feed your spirit.
Whether you want to browse books about science, cinema, the history of France and (re)read classics of French literature or only gaze at the ceilings, the walls and the panelings of these fantastic places, keep reading!
The Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève is built following Henri Labrouste’s blue prints, in lieu of the former Collège de Montaigu. The outdoor is pared-down but once inside, you discover a beautiful white and black marbled flooring in the hall, and most of all a majestic reading room on the first floor.
The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne is a library coveted by students. And if you’re lucky and still a student yourself, then don’t hesitate and go discover this beautiful library. Students and searchers can access two beautifully decorated reading rooms: flowered ceilings and walls, moldings, paintings, panelings.. the perfect place to study in total peace.
Coming in the Bibliothèque Richelieu is like walking through the history of France. The origin of this library goes way back to the 18th century, a time during which the Palais Mazarin was in the middle of Paris. Then, the Bibliothèque Richlieu has been between so many expert hands, it’s an architectural gem you have to visit!
Curious people can take part in free guided tours of the Bibliothèque Mazarine with a library curator. A good way to discover all the richness of the architecture and the décor of this majestic library: galleries adorned with woodworks from the 17th century, books from the floor to ceiling, statues, green lamps… what an atmosphere!
The Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris stores over 2 million items on the history, politics, religion, society and culture in Paris. Engravings, maps, works, books, manuscripts, plans, newspapers, photographs, posters and so on! The dream for all Paris lovers dying to know always more about the city of love!
Enjoy your tour (or your book)!