Location of the Library
The National Library of France, locally known as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, is the national library of France, situated in the city of Paris.
The library is the national repository of all materials that are published in France, and also it holds extensive historical collections.
History of National Library of France
In 1368, the National Library of France had its origin to the royal library established at the Louvre Palace by Charles V.
Later it was founded and introduced to the public in 1461, around 559 years ago.
Then the library became the Imperial National Library and was moved to newly constructed buildings in 1868, on the Rue de Richelieu that was designed by Henri Labrouste.
Manuscript Collection of the Paris Library
The Manuscripts department of Paris library houses the largest collection of medieval and modern materials worldwide.
It includes medieval chansons de geste, eastern literature, chivalric romances, eastern/western religions, scientific history, ancient history, and literary manuscripts by Diderot, Pascal, Apollinaire, Colette, Proust, Sartre, etc.
Collections are managed according to language from Ancient Greek, Latin, French to other European, Middle-Eastern and Indian languages.
The library captures around 5,000 Ancient Greek manuscripts, divided into three fonds: of Ancien fonds grec, Fonds du Supplément grec, and fonds Coislin. The collection is divided according to content like bibliophilic, library archives, genealogical collections, Masonic collection, etc.
Gallica - Digital Collection of Resources
Gallica - the digital library of Paris is open for online users, established in 1997. It holds:
4,286,000 documents, 533,000 books, 96,000 manuscripts, 131,000 maps, 1,208,000 images, 47,800 sheets of music, 1,907,000 magazines and newspapers, 50,000 audio recordings, and 358,000 objects.