Musée d'Orsay: Library



The Conservation Library will be exceptionally closed on Mondays 24 and 31 December 2018 and will remain open on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December at regular times.
The Conservation Archives will be closed on Monday, 31 December.

In 2019, the library and archives teams will be happy to meet you on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Conditions of access

Open Monday to Friday,
2pm to 5.30pm.

The library is principally open to:

  • curators
  • archivists, guides and official representatives of the Ministry of Culture
  • university lecturers
  • post-graduate students
  • students of the Ecole du Louvre preparing a thesis
  • students of the Ecole Nationale du Patrimoine
  • descendants of artists


The library holds books and periodicals relating to artists and artistic movements for the period 1848-1914.

The collections are not freely accessible. The bibliographical references required to complete the request forms for works can be found on the Ministry of Culture website, in the collective catalogue of the French National Museums libraries..

Loans are not permitted.

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