Bibliothèque Nationale - Site Richelieu
58 rue de Richelieu (5 r. Vivienne), 75001 Paris Route Planner
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10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-7pm - closed Sun and Bank Hols, 10 days end Aug-early Sep


Following work by Mansart (1645), Robert de Cotte extended the library by adding two galleries in the 18C. With its metallic architecture typical of the Second Empire, the printed book reading room is the work of Labrouste (1854). The Mazarin gallery, also by Mansart, has retained its original decor. Since 1998, and the transfer of books to the Tolbiac site, the building has housed manuscripts, prints, photos, maps and plans. It is also home to the Musée des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques.


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