Essential Architecture-  Paris

former Bibliotheque Nationale de France

  See also Bibliothèque nationale de France (new)

architect

Henri Labrouste

location

Quai Francois-Mauriac 75013.  Paris, France

date

1862 to 1868

style

NeoClassical

construction

masonry, iron columns, terra cotta vaults, truss roof 

type

Library
 
 
   
 
 
 
  Reading Room
The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is the National Library of France, located in Paris. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France. The current president of the library is Bruno Racine.

History
The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692. The library's collections swelled to over 300,000 volumes during the radical phase of the French Revolution when the private libraries of aristocrats and clergy were seized. By an act of the revolutionary French National Assembly, the Library became the first free public library in the world in 1793.

Following the series of regime changes in France, it became the Imperial National Library and in 1868 was moved to newly constructed buildings on the rue de Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste.

links

www.bnf.fr
www.essential-architecture.com