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Where can you borrow books, CDs and DVDs in Paris?

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The French capital has an excellent network of some sixty public libraries. Do you want to read a novel, comic book or children’s story or borrow a CD or DVD? They also organise plenty of activities.

More than sixty public libraries managed by the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) await you. The municipal lending network gives you access to over 3.5 million documents: books, compact discs, DVDs, comic books, children’s books, CD ROMs, music scores, language learning methods, etc.

A number of free activities are organised in our libraries throughout the year: exhibitions, conferences, films, story-telling, etc.

Calendar of activities 

Find a general-interest library (blue pictograms) 

Access to the catalogue 

Specialised libraries

The City of Paris also has a network of specialised libraries: detective novels, gardening, historical libraries, library of the Maison Balzac (House of Balzac), not to mention the Hôtel de Ville library, with its exceptional collection of documents on the administrative history of Paris.
Find a specialised library (yellow pictograms)
A video of the Bibliothèque historique (Historical Library)

Bienvenue à la Bibliothèque Historique de la... par mairiedeparis


Visit the Bibliothèque historique (opening times, access, etc.)

Discover the la Bibliothèque des littératures policières (Library of Crime Literature) in video

Plongez dans l'univers de la BILIPO par mairiedeparis

Visit the Bibliothèque des littératures policières (opening times, access, etc.) 


A video of the Hôtel de Ville library

Le nouveau visage de la bibliothèque de l'Hôtel... par mairiedeparis


Visit the Hôtel de Ville library (opening times, access, etc.)



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