Access and Hours

Salle de lecture du 8, place du Panthéon.




Reading rooms :

14:00 - 18:00, Monday through Friday


Public holidays closures :

11.01.21, 11.11.21, 11.12.21, 04.18.22, 06.06.22, 07.14.22


Seasonal closures :

Christmas holidays : From 12.17.2021 to 01.03.2022

Summer holidays : From 07.29.2022 to 09.05.2022

















Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet

8 place du Panthéon

75005 Paris

Phone number : 01 44 41 97 90
E-mail :
Métro : line 10 : Maubert-Mutualité/Cardinal Lemoine

RER : line B : Luxembourg

Bus : lines 21, 27, 38, 84, 85, 89






The Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet is a last resort, cultural heritage library.

To use our reading rooms for the first time, you must register for a reader's pass and provide proof of scholarly, professional, or personal research, requiring the use of the materials conserved at the BLJD.


Seat reservations and requests must be made at least three days before the consultation, either on site or by email to


New readers will be issued with an annual or temporary pass following an interview with a curator. These interviews will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, between 2 and 4 pm. Please make an appointment by writing to this address :


Please bring the following documents with you :


•     a government-issued photo ID


•     for annual cards, a recent photograph, and a 20 euro bill or check


•     for scholarly research (students and Ph.D. candidates), a certificate from your tutor


•     for professional research, a professional card or a letter from your employer


•     for personal research, a cover letter



The library is also accessible to professors, researchers, students from l’Ecole des Chartes, Institut National du Patrimoine, ENSSIB, ENS, and members of cultural institutions upon presentation of a professional card.

No passes are delivered by mail.





The library has two reading rooms :

The reading room at 10, place du Panthéon (access by the Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève's special collections room).

The reading room at the 8, place du Panthéon (2nd floor).

According to the requested documents' pressmarks, the reader will have to go in one or the other reading room.


You cannot request more than 10 documents per day. Place reservations and requests must be filed on site or by email at, no later than three days before the consultation.

Manuscripts and letters might be subject to third-party rights and cannot be consulted without the author’s heirs' written permission.