Would you like to learn even more from your visit to the Jardin des Plantes (Garden of Plants)? Are you passionate about natural, earth and human sciences? The Museum’s libraries contain some 2 million documents for you to peruse!

Opening times

Open today

Open from Monday to Saturday

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Target public

Media library

open to all

Research library

open to all researchers on presentation of ID

Getting here

Libraries

Access via 38 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire or the Jardin des Plantes
75005 Paris

Prices

Free

 

Located at the heart of the Jardin des plantes, the Bibliothèque centrale (Central Library) is set out on two floors:

  • the Media Library, on the ground floor
  • the Research Library, on the 2nd floor

The Media Library

On the ground floor, the Media Library collections are open to all for browsing: here you will find reference works and practical guides dedicated to botany, zoology, ecology, prehistory, palentology, science history, gardening, and landscape art. A collection adapted to a young audience awaits budding naturalists and the curious.

 

If you come to the Media Library, you will also be able to admire the famous Cabinet of Curiosities assembled by Joseph Bonnier de la Mosson, a wealthy 18th-century scholar. Acquired by Buffon for the Jardin du Roi (King’s Garden), the cabinet is listed as a historic monument. Also on display are the full-scale hippopotamus sculpted in 1931 by François Pompon and the model of HMS Beagle, the famous vessel used by young Charles Darwin for his 2nd expedition.

Bibliothèque centrale, Médiathèque © MNHN - JC Domenech
Bibliothèque centrale, Médiathèque © MNHN - JC Domenech
Bibliothèque centrale, Cabinet Bonnier de la Mosson © MNHN - JC Domench
Bibliothèque centrale, Cabinet Bonnier de la Mosson © MNHN – JC Domenech

The Research Library

Do you need to do some research using the library’s specialist collections? On the 2nd floor you will find books and journals (printed and electronic versions), maps, manuscripts, scientific and institutional archives, drawings, photographs, art works and objects

Throughout your visit, library staff will be on hand to guide you and help you find what you are looking for.

Bibliothèque centrale, Bibliothèque de recherche © MNHN - JC Domenech
Bibliothèque centrale, Bibliothèque de recherche © MNHN - JC Domenech

Attached to the Bibliothèque centrale, the Museum’s Library Network also is made up of fifteen specialist research libraries.

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