If you want to learn more about Paris and its story – and about Ile-de-France – on a general way, head to the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris in Paris 4th arrondissement!
In 1763, the city of Paris decides to open a public library within the Hôtel d’Angoulême-Lamoignon. But the latter is successively moved to various buildings in Paris before being set up within Paris city Hall. But the height of misfortune, the collections are destroyed soon later, in 1871 when the City Hall catches fire during the Commune (about which we told you here)!
A new public library and entirely devoted to the story of Paris is then set up within the Hôtel Carnavalet, at the same time is created the Musée Carnavalet. In 1893, it already includes 100,000 items, mostly thanks to librarian Jules Cousin who leaves his personal collection to the city. The library expanding, it’s moved to a new mansion on rue de Sévigné, then again in 1968 within the walls of the Hôtel d’Angoulême-Lamoignon where you can still find it today!
All in all, 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!
Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris
24 Rue Pavée
75004 Paris 4