Bibliothèque Mazarine

Library in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Within the Institut de France, the Mazarine Library is France’s oldest public library, founded in 1643. You can visit the bust-lined, late-17th-century reading room or consult the library’s collection of 500,000 volumes, using an admission pass valid for five consecutive days obtained by providing ID. Schedules for free 1½-hour guided tours in English are posted on its website.