Librairies and archives

Selection of centers of archives and libraries, in France and abroad, including a collection interesting the periods of the First and Second Empire.

NAPOLEONIC LIBRARIES, OR LIBRARIES CONTAINING A SUBSTANTIAL COLLECTION ON THE FIRST AND SECOND EMPIRE

Marmottan Library

Thiers Library

  • The Thiers library is part of the Dosne-Thiers Foundation. Since it was set up, in accordance with the wishes of its founder Félicie Dosne, it has also been attached to the library of the Institut de France. This specialises in the general, political, military, social and administrative history of France from 1789 to 1900.
    It preserves one of the largest collections on the history of the First Empire.
  • Address : 27, place Saint-Georges – 75009 Paris France
  • Telephone : +33 (0)1.48.78.14.33
    Fax : +33 (0)1.42.80.26.10
  • Opening hours : Library: Thursday and Friday from midday to 6pm.
    Summer closure: for the entire month of August.
  • Access : Entrance limited
  • Métro : line 12 station Saint-Georges
    Bus : 74
    Parking by appointment in rue de Clauzel (50 spaces) and in the car park of Église de La Trinité (10/12 rue Pigalle)
  • Website : http://www.fondation-dosne-thiers.fr/
  • Online catalogue : no

Library of the Musée de l’Armée

  • Established at the beginning of the century, largely from donations and bequests (La Sabretache, Duc de Guise, Prince de la Moskova, certain garrison libraries etc), the collection is still being added to through purchases, exchanges and donations by individuals, authors and publishers. A large part of the collection from the old library at  the Hôtel des Invalides has, for its part, been handed over to the library of the École Supérieure de Guerre (École Militaire).
  • Address : Musée de l’Armée,
    Hôtel national des Invalides
    129 rue de Grenelle
    75007 Paris France
  • Telephone : +33 (0)1 44 42 38 38
  • Opening hours : Closed for restoration work
  • Access : Entrance limited
  • Métro : line 8 stations La Tour-Maubourg or Ecole Militaire, line 13 stations Varenne or Saint-François-Xavier
    RER : line C station Invalides
    Bus : 28, 49, 63, 69, 82, 87, 92
  • Website : http://www.musee-armee.fr/en/english-version.html
  • Online catalogue : no

 

NATIONAL LIBRARIES

Bibliothèque nationale de France – Mitterrand site

  • National Collections
  • Address : Quai François-Mauriac
    75002 Paris
  • Telephone : +33 (0)1 53 79 59 59
  • Opening hours :
    Open every day, except Mondays
  • Annual closure: September
  • Access : Haut-de-Jardin (Reference library) :
    Open to all those 16 years and over
  • Rez-de-Jardin (Research library): entrance limited to accredited users, 18 years and over.
  • Three reader’s card rates: 1-day card, 15-day card, annual card 
  • Métro : line 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)
    RER : line C (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)
    Bus : 62, 89 et 132
  • Website : http://www.bnf.fr
  • Online catalogue : yes, Bn-Opale-Plus (monographs, periodicals, printed and manuscript music scores, graphic documents, audiovisual material, cartographic documents, performing arts)

Bibliothèque nationale de France – Richelieu Site

  • National collections: maps and plans, prints and photographs, Eastern and Western manuscripts, performing arts.
  • Address : 58, rue de Richelieu
    75002 Paris
  • Telephone : +33 (0)1 53 79 59 59
  • Opening hours : Open every day, except Mondays
  • Annual closure: September
  • Access: entrance limited to accredited users, 18 years and over
  • Three reader’s card rates: 1-day card, 15-day card, annual card
  • Métro : line 3 (Bourse), 1 et 7 (Palais Royal), 7 et 14 (Pyramides)
    Bus : 20, 29, 39, 67, 74, 8
  • Website : http://www.bnf.fr
  • Online catalogue : yes, Bn-Opale-Plus (monographs, periodicals, printed and manuscript music scores, graphic documents, audiovisual material, cartographic documents, performing arts)

Bibliothèque nationale de France – Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal

  • The library of the Arsenal, located in the Bastille district, is the former residence of the  Grand Master of the Artillery who built up a vast and encyclopaedic collection of books, manuscripts, prints and so forth at the Arsenal, which he opened to scholars and men of letters.
    Confiscated during the Revolution, and declared a public library in 1797, the library of the Arsenal was made part of the Bibliothèque nationale in 1934.
    The collections comprise ancient manuscripts, a rich and encyclopaedic collection of medieval and modern manuscripts, prints, inherited from the Master of the Artillery and resulting from confiscations made during the Revolution.
    From 1880 on, a modern collection of printed material and periodicals has been orientated towards history and literature.
    In more recent years, it has focused on French literature (texts, history and literary criticism) of the 16th-19th centuries, and on the history of the book.
  • Address : 1 rue Sully
    75004  Paris
  • Telephone : +33 (0) .53.01.25.25
  • Opening hours : Open every day, except Mondays
  • Annual closure: September
  • Access: entrance limited to accredited users, 18 years and over
  • Three reader’s card rates: 1-day card, 15-day card, annual card
  • Métro : line 7 (Sully Morland)
    Bus : 67, 86, 87
  • Website : http://www.bnf.fr
  • Online catalogue : yes, Bn-Opale-Plus (monographs, periodicals, printed and manuscript music scores, graphic documents, audiovisual material, cartographic documents, performing arts)

British Library

  • Official site, online catalogues
  • Website : http://www.bl.uk
  • Online catalogue : yes

German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

  • Access to the catalogues of the libraries of Frankfurt and Leipzig.
  • Website : http://www.ddb.de
  • Online catalogue : yes

Swiss National Library

Royal Library of Belgium

National Library of Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze)

National Library of Roma (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma)

National Library of Spain (Biblioteca Nacional de España)

  • The site gives access to all practical information concerning access to the library and allows consultation of the general catalogue.
  • Website : http://www.bne.es/en/Inicio/index.html
  • Online catalogue : yes

National Library of Portugal (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal)

  • This site gives general information on the National Library of Portugal and allows online consultation of its catalogues.
  • Website : http://www.bn.pt
  • Online catalogue : yes

Library of Congress

  • The library of the American Congress, copyright library for the USA, is one of the largest libraries in the world.
  • Website : http://www.loc.gov
  • Online catalogue : yes

The New York Public Library

 

HISTORICAL LIBRARIES

Catalogue of specialised municipal libraries in the City of Paris

  • Online catalogue regrouping: Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris(BHVP), Bibliothèque administrative de la ville de Paris, Bibliothèque des Archives de Paris, Bibliothèque des Arts graphiques, Bibliothèque du Cinéma, Bibliothèque Forney, etc.
  • Some of these libraries are in the process of being computerized
  • Website : http://bibliotheques-specialisees.paris.fr/
  • Online catalogue : yes

Genealogical Library of France

  • This association’s site makes it possible to consult the library’s catalogue: publications, specialist genealogical periodicals, studies and family files. To go into more depth and consult other resources (marriage registers, parish records etc) it is necessary to obtain a reader’s card.
  • Research is possible only via the website, there is no consultation available on-site. The association will send out photocopies to order, for a fee.
  • Website : http://www.bibgen.org
  • Online catalogue : yes

 

COLLECTIVE LIBRARY CATALOGUES

CCF –Collective catalogue of France

  • The CCF makes it possible to consult three catalogues at once: bn-Opale-Plus (catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale de France), Système universitaire de documentation (French university libraries and libraries of other higher educational institutions in France) and the Base patrimoniale (other French libraries), as well as the catalogues of municipal libraries.
  • Country : France
  • Website : http://ccfr/bnf/fr

SUDOC – Système universitaire de documentation

  • This is both a collective catalogue and directory of resource centres, which regroups French university libraries, and the libraries of higher educational and research institutions.
  • This portal makes it possible to locate monographs and periodicals anywhere throughout France.
  • Country : France
  • Website : http://www.sudoc.abes.fr/ 

The European Library

  • Official site of European national libraries. This portal gives access to the online catalogues of 43 national libraries in Europe. It makes it possible to consult nine national catalogues simultaneously (Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy [Rome and Florence], Finland, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom).
  • Country : Europe
  • Website : http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/

KVK – Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog

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COPAC

  • Portal permitting simultaneous consultation of the computerized catalogues of the United Kingdom’s university libraries, as well as the catalogue of the British Library and of the National Library of Scotland.
  • Country: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
  • Website : http://www.copac.ac.uk

Bibliotecas

ICCU – Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche

  • This collective catalogue regroups most of the major libraries of Italy. It is split into three sections: modern books (after 1830), old books (pre-1830) and music.
  • Country: Italy

CHVK – Swiss Virtual Catalogue

 

DIGITAL LIBRARIES

Digital Library, Fondation Napoléon

Bibliothèque nationale de France : Gallica

Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) : CNUM

  • The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers has put online part of its specialist collection on the history of science and technology, under the name CNUM (Conservatoire Numérique des Arts et Métiers)
  • Website : http://cnum.cnam.fr

Bibliothèque InterUniversitaire de Médecine (BIUM) ! Medic@

 

ARCHIVES

French National archives

  • Occupying three sites, these archives are designed to preserve, classify and disseminate the documents produced by the government and central administration of the French State.
    The Paris site holds the archives of the institutions of the Ancien Régime and those after the French Revolution, as well as the drafts of Parisian lawyers and private archives.
    The Fontainebleau site contains the archives of the central organs of the State since the beginnings of the Fifth Republic.
  • The Pierrefitte-sur-Seine site, under construction, is due to open in 2010. It will house the entire archives post-dating the French Revolution.
  • Address, Paris Site : 60 rue des Francs-bourgeois
    75003 Paris
  • Telephone (switchboard) :+33 (0) 1 40 27 64 19
  • Opening hours : Monday-Friday, from 10 am to 5.30pm, Saturday from2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Access : Open every day
  • Métro : line 1 et 11 (Hôtel de Ville)
    Bus : 29 (Rue Vieille du Temple), 75 (Archives – Rambuteau)
  • Website :  http://www.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr/fr/web/guest/site-de-paris

SHD – Service Historique de la Défense

  • In a collection dating from the 17th century on, the historical defence archives form a huge resource available to researchers. They comprise several sections : Ground, Air, Sea and Police force.
    But beware, the SHD is located in several different cities: Vincennes, Cherbourg, Brest, Lorient, Rochefort, Toulon, Châtellerault and Caen.
  • General address : Service historique de la défense
    BP 166
    00468 Armées
  • Telephone (switchboard): +33 (0)1 41 93 22 57
  • Opening hours : Open every day
  • Access : Entrance to the reading room of the archives of the Armée de Terre is by appointment only.
  • Métro : line 1, (Château de Vincennes)
    Bus : 46, 56, 114, 118, 124, 210, 318, 325
  • Website : http://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr/?q=content/biblioth%C3%A8ques