The Library

A public reading library, the Bpi is designed for anyone seeking information or training, for personal, professional or academic purposes.

In particular, it offers reading and work areas, encyclopaedic collections on all types of supports for consultation on the spot, cultural activities presented at the Pompidou Centre…

The Library does not offer loans or space or collections for children.

Usagers de la Bpi

Missions and organisation

Fixed in its founding decree, the general missions of the library structure its functioning and its organization and make it a unique institution.

Rayonnages de la Bpi

Collections and specific resources

Nearly 430,000 documents on every subject and on every kind of support, can be consulted on-site in open access and free of charge.


Exposition Claude Simon

Cultural mediations and resources

Thanks to its diversified offer of cultural events, mediations and distance learning, the Bpi manifests the will to participate in access for all to culture and knowledge.

Publications Bpi

Publications and communication supports

On paper, audio or Internet, the publications of the Bpi are the reflection and the extension of its activities. 

Entrée Bpi

The audiences of the Bpi

To know better the profile, the expectations and the practices of its public, the Bpi proceeds regularly to sociological inquiries.

Chiffres Bpi

The Bpi in figures

Some key figures to illustrate the attendance, the documentary and cultural offer and try to report the activity of a big library.

Inauguration Centre Pompidou

History of the Bpi

Back in pictures on a few key dates of the project of creation of a big public reading library located in the center of Paris in the 1960s.