Paris, being a city that has a lot of academic roots, has several libraries that are treasures on its map. There are many historical libraries, which you can easily visit as part of your Louvre Museum tours. Below are some of the best libraries that you should include in your Paris tours itinerary.
This is one of the iconic libraries that was established under Charles V in 1368. It is located between Palais Royal and the Galeries Vivienne in the heart of the city. Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois houses some of humankind’s oldest scriptures, along with a collection of Greek and Roman poetry. What’s more, there is a garden across the street here, which is ideal for some quiet reading time alone.
Bibliothèque De l’Arsenal
The Bibliothèque de l’Arsenalis is a branch of Bibliothèque National de France, located very close to the Seine and the Bastille. Although it is one of the smaller libraries in Paris, it has a very insightful collection of books. The library was constructed back in the 17th Century and its façade was earlier connected to the building that now contains the Gard Republican. One place you certainly should not miss is the room of illustrations.
This grand library boasts of a beautiful reading room and a stunning façade. Located close to the St-Germain-des-Prés, Bibliothèque Mazarine houses some of the most precious scriptures in history. In fact, it is the oldest library in the whole of France. The place has a dedicated collection of books from the period between the 12th and 17th Century. Its most prized possession is the Gutenberg Bible and it is kept inside a secret vault in the library.
This specialized decorative arts gallery is a quick walk away from the Bibliothèque Historique and Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal. This place is one among the three remaining residences of the medieval period in Paris. You should definitely add this to your Paris tours itinerary for the sheer beauty of the spires and archways in the building.
Bibliothèque Publique d’Information
This modern art museum has attracted about 180 million international visitors since its opening in 1977. The place also has a four-story media library. Its other features include a spectacular view of Beaubourg and high-speed Wi-Fi. Bibliothèque Publique d’Information gets filled shortly after it is opened every morning, so make sure you arrive early to grab a seat.