Best public libraries in Paris

Human and Social Sciences Library catulle/Flickr

Human and Social Sciences Library ©catulle/Flickr

Are you a bookworm thinking about visiting Paris? In case you are, you’ve found the right article. Below I will present you the best public libraries in Paris. The French capital city owns some of the country’s most important libraries. The National Library of France, the Bibliothèque nationale de France operates several public libraries in the capital city, including the Arsenal Library, the Richelieu Library, the François- Mitterrand Library and so on.

Other famous libraries in Paris are the following: the Sainte-Geneviève Library, the Sorbonne Library, the Human and Social Sciences Library and La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde (dedicated to children). Read on to find out more about them.

Arsenal Library

As one of the best libraries of Paris, the Arsenal Library is one of the branches of the National Library of France. The library houses about one million volumes, about 100,000 prints and 12,000 manuscripts. It is one of the most popular libraries in Paris. Its collections concentrate on French literature from the 16th to the 19th century. If you are interested in French literature, you should make a visit to the library.

Books in Parisian library Pedro Layant/Flickr

Books in Parisian library ©Pedro Layant/Flickr

Sainte-Geneviève Library

Another huge and famous library of Paris is the Sainte-Geneviève Library. It is both a public and university library which contains about 2 million documents. It has inherited the collections of one of the oldest abbeys of the capital city. With its immense reading room, the library is very popular among both locals and visitors. You shouldn’t miss it either.

Parisian library Pedro Layant/Flickr

Parisian library ©Pedro Layant/Flickr

Sorbonne Library

The inter-university library of Paris, the famous Sorbonne Library is with no doubt one of the best libraries in the capital city. It consists of five sections, including a Medicine Section, a Sciences Section, a Letters Section, a Law Section and a Pharmacy Section. The library houses about 2.5 million volumes which occupy 40 km of shelf space. It has two beautiful reading rooms which can accommodate about 300 people.

Human and Social Sciences Library

The Human and Social Sciences Library Paris Descartes-CNRS is another famous Parisian library. It is considered to be one of the most important libraries in France concerning linguistics, sociology and science education. If you are interested in one of these disciplines, I recommend you to visit this great library.

Human and Social Sciences Library catulle/Flickr

Human and Social Sciences Library ©catulle/Flickr

La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde

In case you are traveling with the kids and your kids love to read, take them to the La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde (“Little Round Library”). It is an exclusively children’s library located in Clamart. It has been classified a Historic Monument of France since 2009. Children can read books themselves or listen to the stories told by the friendly librarians. The library is very popular among kids.

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