1. Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
The largest library in France and one of the most significant in the entire globe is the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). It was founded in 1537 and relocated in 1996 to its present location in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. More than 14 million books and papers, including many priceless items like the original manuscript of Montaigne’s Essays and the Marquis de Sade’s manuscripts, are housed in the library.
2. Bibliothèque Mazarine
The Bibliothèque Mazarine was established in 1643 and is the country’s first public library. It is situated close to the Louvre Museum in the center of Paris. Over 600,000 books, including valuable and uncommon ones like a Gutenberg Bible, are held by the library.
3. Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève
Founded in 1838, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève is a free study library in Paris. Over 2 million volumes, many of which are unique and priceless, make up its collection. The library is renowned for its striking reading room, which has stained glass windows and an elaborate cast-iron construction.
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