Pre-conference Tours: Monday, July 18

(For the visit to Versailles on Friday, July 22, please scroll to the end of this page).

All guided tours will be conducted in both languages.

Reminder: Tours are open only to those who registered for them.


1) Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal

The Arsenal Library, located in the Bastille district, is the former residence of the Master-generals of the Ordinance. Antoine-René d’Argenson, marquis de Paulmy, who held the office until the mid 17th century, amassed an encyclopedic collection of books, manuscripts and prints, which were made available to scholars and men of letters. The library is now part of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Tour : 10:30am-12:00pm

Meet at 10:25am at the entrance, 1 rue Sully, 75004 Paris

Subway lines 7 (stop: Sully-Morland), 1, 5 and 8 (stop: Bastille)

Bus : lines 67, 86, 87


2) Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra (BMO), a branch of the BnF. This tour replaces the one initially announced for the Bibliothèque de Richelieu (which is unavailable because of renovations).

Guided tour of the new exhibition (“American Choreographers at the Paris Opera”), as well as of the general collections. You will find more information on the BMO at the following address :

Tour: 10:30am-12:00pm at Palais Garnier (8 rue Scribe 75009 Paris)

Meet at 10:25am at the staff entrance, which is behind the building, near Place Diaghilev and rue Gluck (enter the courtyard).

Subway : Lines 3, 7, 8, (Stop: Opéra), 7 & 9 (Stop: Chaussée-d’Antin), RER A, (Stop: Auber)

Bus : Lines 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95.


3) Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand

Built by French architect Dominique Perrault, the François-Mitterrand Library opened to the public in 1996. This is the headquarters of the National Library of France and the largest of its four Paris locations. Organized on two levels around a large garden, the reading rooms provide access to printed and audiovisual collections and can cater to the needs of some 3,600 readers at any one time.

Tours: 10:30am-12:00pm (2 groups) & 2:30pm-4:00pm (2 groups).

Please meet 5 minutes before your scheduled tour at the “accueil”(welcome desk) of the East entrance (entrée EST).

Address : Quai François-Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13

Subway : line 14 or RER C (station: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand)

Bus : Lines 62, 64, 89, 132, 325 (stops: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, Emile Durkheim, Bibliothèque-Chevaleret).

Please note the Quai de la Gare subway station on line 6 is closed for engineering works June 13-August 28, 2016.


4) Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (BHVP)

Located in the 16th-century Hôtel de Lamoignon, the BHVP holds a collection of more than 2 million documents including printed books and pamphlets, manuscripts, cuttings, ephemera, maps, prints and drawings, photographs, posters and postcards. The collections are mainly focused on the history of Paris and the Île-de-France region but the library is also known as a major repository for French literary and dramatic archives. The BHVP is a specialized library that is part of the network of Paris municipal libraries. It is open to the public.

Tours : 10:00am-11:00am & 11:00am-12:00pm (please come at your assigned time).

Meet 5 minutes before your scheduled tour at the entrance of the library, 24 rue Pavée 75004 Paris.

Subway : Line 1 (station: Saint-Paul) ; bus lines 29 (stop: Payenne), 69 (stop: Saint-Paul)


5) Bibliothèque des Amis de l’Instruction (BAI)

Founded in 1861 by workers and artisans from the neighborhood, the Library of the Friends of Education (BAI) was very innovative: organized as a cooperative association, it enabled readers to participate in the selection of books and to borrow them. The BAI provided the model for many other popular lending libraries in France, including the municipal libraries of Paris. Thanks to a team of volunteers, one can discover the library and its collections in a remarkably well-preserved nineteenth-century setting.

Tours : 10:00am-11:00am & 11:00am-12:00pm

Meet 5 minutes before your scheduled tour at the entrance of Hotel de Gourgues, 54, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris.

Subway : Chemin Vert (line 3) or Saint-Paul (line 1)

Bus 29, 96, 20, 65.


6) Archives Nationales – Hôtel de Soubise

The National Archives has been located in the Marais district since 1808, occupying a group of buildings that includes the Hôtel de Soubise (built at the beginning of the 18th century) and the Hôtel de Rohan. Today this centre stores all the public documents and records from before 1789 (except the documents and records concerning former French colonies, which are in Aix). Since 1867 it has also housed the Musée des Archives nationales.

Tours : 10:00am-11:00am & 11:00am-12:00pm

Meet 5 minutes before your assigned tour at the entrance at 60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris.

Subway: Rambuteau (line 11), Arts et Métiers (line 3), Hôtel de Ville (line 1).

Bus lines 29 et 75.



Post-conference Tour: Friday, July 22


Versailles’s Public Library : 2:30pm-4:15pm

Please note : regardless of whether you registered for 2:30pm or 3:15pm, please meet at 2:30pm (there will be one combined tour).

Description of the tour : Architecture of the building, tour of the gallery and the current exhibit (« l’ami américain » : Franco-American relations in the 18th century). Visitors will then be shown a sample of the library’s collections, including incunabula, cuneiform tablets, books of hours, and other treasures.


Library: Located in the “Hôtel des Affaires étrangères et de la Marine,” which  housed the foreign affairs ministry under Louis XV, Versailles’s Public Library has a great collection of rare books from the sixteenth century to the present. Some highlights include books with the coats of arms of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, and a major part of the personal library of Marie-Antoinette at Trianon.


Exhibition: “The American Friend: The French and American Independence (1775-1783)”

To celebrate the 240th anniversary of American independence, the Public Library of Versailles has organized an exhibition on the role of the French during the American struggle for independence. The exhibition takes place in the gallery of what once served as the ministry of foreign affairs and the navy (built under Louis XV). The exhibition proceeds chronologically and highlights include the engravings from the 1784 collection Recueil d’estampes représentant des différents événements de la guerre qui a procuré l’indépendance aux Etats unis de l’Amérique.


Meet at 2:30pm in the courtyard of the library, 5 Rue de l’Indépendance Américaine, 78000 Versailles.


How to get there ? The library is to the left of the Versailles castle, about 10 minutes walk from Versailles rive gauche Station (RER C).


Care to visit the Versailles castle and grounds? (On your own). Please see the information here.


Where to eat lunch in Versailles? Here are a few suggestions:


Restaurant Gastronomique Gordon Ramsay au Trianon

Address : 1 boulevard de la Reine 78000 Versailles

Telephone : +33(0)1 30 84 50 06

Internet :

E mail :


La Véranda

At casual and relaxed La Véranda, Chef Simone Zanoni offers a varied brasserie menu featuring classic French fare as well as the house’s own specialties.

Address: 1 boulevard de la Reine 78000 Versailles

Telephone: +33(0)1 30 84 55 5




Angelina Petit Trianon

Located at the Petit Trianon, the Angelina restaurant has savory and sweet selections to take out or enjoy on the terrace. Hot chocolate, Mont Blanc macaroons, pastries, salads, sandwiches and cold beverages are available all day long.

Address: Petit Trianon – Maison du Suisse Parc du Château de Versailles 78000 Versailles
Telephone: +33 (0)1 39 20 91 67 ou le +33(0)6 84 78 74 90

Internet :




Pastries, confectionery, old tea room.

Address: 44 rue de la Paroisse 78000 Versailles

Telephone: +33(0)1 39 50 01 63