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Must-visit libraries for bibliophiles in Paris

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Land of culture, Paris boasts of historical libraries featuring a massive collection of literature. If you are a bibliophile, there are numerous libraries that you can visit while in Paris. This collection features some must-visit libraries for bibliophiles in Paris.


Sainte-Genevieve Library

Sainte-Genevieve Library is a historic property containing nearly 2 million books and documents. The library building was built between the years 1838 and 1850 and the architect commissioned for the building plan was Henri Labrouste. The library holds the rare collection and manuscripts of one of Europe's earliest abbeys, Abbey of Saint Genevieve.

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Historical Library of the City of Paris (BHVP)

This historic library has been situated in Hôtel de Lamoignon since 1969. It offers about one million books and pamphlets all pertaining exclusively to Paris' history as capitol of France. Here one can wet his or her Parisian pallet with literary works, artistic accounts, historic news, and topographical information.

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Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal

Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal situated on Rue de Sully is a historic library that has been since 1934 affiliated with Bibliothèque Nationale de France. With a collection of more than a million books, this is one of the largest and most popular libraries in France. The major collections at Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal include the Archives of the Bastille, Louis-Sébastien Mercier Papers and Fonds Péladan among many others. Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal is housed in the former residence of Antoine-René de Voyer by Paulmy d'Argenson, an ambassador and minister of war who lived in the 18th-century. His private collection of books featuring French literature from the 16th to the 18th century can still be found at Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal.

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American Library in Paris

Founded in 1920 thanks to the 30,000 books left behind by the Library War Services, which had supplied the "Doughboys" in the trenches with American reading material, the American Library in Paris has stayed true ever since. Staying open through World War II, refusing entry to the McCarthy Committee, introducing Braille books in English, its mission to bring American literature and culture to France continues today. With over 115,000 volumes, a large supply of magazines & newspapers, children's books and reading programs, CDs & DVDs, the American Library in Paris has all bases covered. Short-term Membership with borrowing privileges starts at four months. -Charlotte Bonin

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Bibliothèque Mazarine

Founded by Cardinal Mazarin in the 17th Century, Bibliothèque Mazarine is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in Paris. This library boasts a massive collection featuring over 600.000 volumes ranging across all subjects. Situated inside L'institut de France, Bibliothèque Mazarine is a must-visit for bibliophiles while in the city.

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