je suis desole, mais ma francais c’est pas assez bien. Je suis un étudiant d’architecture a Londres. j’ai quelques questions. C’est combien des livres en libre-acces sur des étagères ? et c’est combien des livres en classement? C’est combien d’ordinateurs a la bibliotheque? Merci Pierre


Réponse apportée le 10/04/2006  par PARIS Bpi – Actualité, Art moderne, Art contemporain, Presse

Il y a à la Bpi environ 350000 livres sur les rayonnages. Tous ces livres sont en libre accès. Il n’y a pas de réserve.
Il y a 469 ordinateurs dans les espaces de la bibliothèque.

Voici un texte de présentation de la Bpi

A guide to…
The Bpi Public Information Library
and how to use it

Rue du Renard

Contact information
Mailing address: 75197 Paris cedex 04
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33 (Pompidou Center switchboard)
Fax : 01 44 78 12 15
Website :

Opening hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays : 12 noon to 10 pm,
Saturdays, Sundays and French public holidays : 11 am to 10 pm.
Closed Tuesdays and the 1st of May.
Special hours :
December 24 and 31, closing at 7 pm.
December 25 and January 1, opening at 12 noon.

What is the Bpi?

The Bpi Public Information Library (Bibliothèque publique d’information) is a public institution placed under the control of the French Ministry of Culture. Located on the premises of the Pompidou Center in Paris since its opening in 1977, the Bpi is a general information library which also provides material on current news topics. Access to the library is free of charge and open to all without any registration formalities. Its reference collections are available to adults in a wide variety of formats for on-site consultation only and a number of online services are provided via the Internet.

· Some facts and figures
3 floors, 10,000 m² surface area, seating for 2,200, 14 km of shelf space, 400,000 books, documents, and printed materials, 400 workstations, open 62 hours per week, 10 information desks, 6,300 users per day, 65,000 visitors to the website each month, etc.

· The Bpi offers…
…on site resources :
– 350,000 books,
– 2,500 different magazines, newspapers and periodicals,
– over 6,000 maps and plans,
– digitized news articles on current cultural and social topics,
– 2,000 musical scores,
– 12,000 compact discs,
– 2,000 spoken word recordings,
– 1,100 documentary films,
– 100 animated films,
– 200 courseware and software programs as well as 84 independent learning websites,
– 1,200 language learning resources (145 languages),
– 13 television channels,
– 200 reference and multimedia CD-ROMs,
– 700 pre-selected Internet sites,
…remote resources :
– Bpi website,
– Bpi remote response service.

· General collections grouped into broad subject areas
– Level 1: Reference materials, Job search resources, Everyday life in the Parisian region.
– Level 2: Philosophy, Religions, Social Sciences, Science & Technology.
– Level 3: Arts, Cinema, Leisure & Sports, Languages & Literature, Geography & History.

· Dedicated areas
Reference materials (level 1)
– practical and bibliographical information,
– general reference works,
– workspaces for the visually impaired,
– daily life in Ile-de-France (Paris region).

Job search resources (level 1)
– guides and periodicals,
– information from the CIDJ and the ONISEP,
– websites (ANPE, etc.)
[See dedicated brochure in French]

Press (level 2)
– 150 daily newspapers, 250 different magazines in printed, microfilm and online versions, and sometimes voice recordings,
– archive collections,
– news articles on current cultural and social topics :
16 workstations for viewing digitized articles
and bound files,
– international television viewing : 16 terminals.

Self-training area (level 2)
120 workstations for :
– studying 145 different languages and dialects,
– self-training in a variety of different subjects (office automation, desktop publishing, highway code, accounting, technical subjects, etc.) using the 200 courseware and software programs provided.

Music and spoken word recordings (level 3)
– 52 booths for listening to compact discs (music and spoken word recordings),
– 3 booths for listening to audio cassettes (spoken word recordings),
– 5 booths for viewing musical documentaries and filmed concerts,
– 10 terminals providing access to online musical resources,
– books on music,
– musical scores,
– periodicals on musical subjects.

There are two methods for viewing films :
– multimedia terminals are provided in each general subject area (for example, films on Science subjects in the Sciences section, etc.)
– to consult the collection in its entirety, an area with seating for 10 people is provided across from the Arts desk on level 3 (films can be viewed by two people at a time).

· Other services
On-site and remote…

Services for the blind and sight- impaired
(level 1)
– 5 workspaces for the visually impaired :
. Appointments can be made on-site at the information desk or by telephoning 01 44 78 12 75 (during the library’s opening hours).
. Volunteers are available by appointment for reading aloud and to provide research assistance.
. Appropriate equipment is available for use in the workspaces.
. Specially-trained library staff are available to explain the equipment, call 01 44 78 45 39.
– The library also provides :
. a collection of large-print books,
. large-type screens and enlargers on all floors.

Remote answers
– General telephone information :
during opening hours
Tel. no.: 01 44 78 12 75
– Radis :
for information, short inquiries and reference advice (please note that printed materials and the like cannot be obtained through this service) :
Tel. : 01 44 78 12 75 (from 10 am to 12 noon on weekdays, except Tuesdays)
Fax: 01 44 78 45 10
Mailing address : Radis 75197 Paris cedex 04
E-mail contacts and an instant messaging service are available on the Bpi website ( in the Les radis en direct and Vos questions sections (in French).

Online Internet services
. the Bpi library catalogue,
. the Bpi’s selection of bookmarked websites,
. information referral services created by the Bpi : Oriente-express, Langues-info, etc.,
. references to news article selected by the Bpi,
. practical information about the library, including :
– a catalogue of Bpi publications,
– a programme of events,
. « Ask the BPI » ,
. a virtual symposium,
and the list goes on…

What is the best way to locate the information, book or document you need?

Three main methods exist :

1/ Computer workstations
These workstations enable you to perform searches by author, title, subject, etc;
4 types of computer workstation are available :
– Bpi catalogue workstations
To locate works available on-site in the various sections of the library.
[See dedicated brochure in French]
– Multimedia workstations provide access to :
– the aforementioned Bpi catalogue,
– other catalogues (shared catalogues or those from other libraries)
– references to articles from the Bpi online press review : BPI-doc références
– online materials,
websites selected by the Bpi :
– referral resources, to redirect users to other learning or reference entities,
– Bpi films.
– BPI-doc workstations: consultation of digitized news articles (level 1; level 2, Area Press ; level 3, between the Arts and Literature desks).
– Internet workstations (50) : free access to the web, same-day reservation required at the General Information desk (level 1). Sessions limited to 45-minute periods. E-mail sites not authorized.

2/ Classification by subject
Subjects are indicated via signs posted throughout the various library sections and on the bookshelves.
[See dedicated brochure in French]

3/ Asking staff at the information desks
The library staff is available to help you to find what you need.

And also :

· Various information brochures provide additional information and help on specific subjects.
· Bibliographies (general or current news topics) are available on the Bpi website and in printed format at the information desks.

Useful information

· A snack shop, the Kiosque, is located on level 2 (limited service after 8 pm).
· Photocopiers are located throughout the three floors of the library. A fee is charged for their use and copies are for private use only.
· Printers are connected to the workstations and printing servers providing print-outs for a fee are located on all three floors of the Bpi.
· A reprography service is available on level 2. Paper copies of microfilm and microfiche pages can be obtained for a fee.
· Magnetic card distributors are available for a fee on levels 2 and 3, for use with the photocopiers and printing servers.
· Electrical power sockets are provided on the reading tables for plugging in laptop computers.
· Public pay phones using telephone cards are located at the end of the corridor near the Kiosque (level 2).
· Restrooms are located behind the Kiosque (level 2).
· A cloakroom is located in the Pompidou Center Forum, and is only accessible to visitors with tickets to either the museum, an exhibition or a Pompidou Center event.
· Lost property information is available at the General Information desk, level 1, at the entrance to the Bpi. All lost property is brought to the Pompidou Center cloakroom located in the Forum, level 0.
· The Bpi does not supply stationery. Stationery can be purchased at the Kiosque.
· Wi-Fi service will be provided in 2005.

A few questions and rules of conduct

Why ?

– Why is the Bpi closed on Tuesdays ?
All cultural entities are closed at least one day a week. As French national museums are all closed on Tuesdays, the Pompidou Center as a whole has opted to close on that day as well.
During the time the library is closed to the public, staff refile and reshelve books and materials (6,300 users per day means several thousand works out of place, requiring a total of 3 hours of sorting and filing every morning); several hundred units of equipment are checked, cleaned and repaired; group visits are scheduled; personnel use this time for professional training, establishing duty schedules and organizing their workload. This time is essential to the proper running of the Bpi.

– Why is there often a line at the entrance to the Bpi ?
The Bpi has seating for 2,200 users. When all of these seats are filled (as shown on a counter at the entrance displaying the number of visiters entering and leaving the library), it is impossible to allow greater numbers of users in, for obvious safety reasons as well as to ensure that users are provided with optimum working conditions. That is why the Bpi offers as much information as possible concerning alternative libraries and information centers.

A few facts and essential rules of conduct
[See signs and dedicated brochure for the full text in French]

We provide :
– Free access for all,
62 hours a week.
– On-site consultation of all books, works and documents
and use of all available resources.
– First priority access to people aged 65 and older, disabled users and pregnant women (please show proof).

We prohibit :
– Removal of any book, work or document from the Bpi premises.
– Damaging any book, work or document, in particular writing in or on materials.
The Bpi will charge a fine for the damage or removal of materials from the library and may also take legal action against anyone who commits such acts.
– Visiting illicit or illegal Internet sites.
– Using workstations for other than information purposes.
– Monopolizing workstations or other equipment.
– Eating or drinking outside the snack shop (only capped bottles of water are allowed in the library area).
– Disturbing other library users.
– Using mobile telephones, cameras, video cameras or walkmen.
– Scanning or photographing printed materials; copying cassettes or CDs; photocopying musical scores.

We ask that you :
– Handle printed materials with care and refrain from placing them on the floor.
– Stack materials on the filing trolleys when you are finished with them so that staff can refile them at regular intervals during the day.

We advise you to :
– Keep an eye on your personal belongings (clothing, bags, mobiles, etc.) as thefts are not uncommon.
– Inform the staff at the nearest information desk if a theft or other problem should occur.

The Bpi’s other services…

The library’s Special events department regularly schedules conferences, debates and workshops on the Pompidou Center premises or online on its website. It participates actively in the exhibitions and events of the Center. See the brochures, posters and the Bpi website for further details.

The Audiovisual department regularly programs theme-based series of documentary and animated films in the Pompidou Center’s projection rooms as well as films of fiction for children every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Cinéma 2.
See the brochures, posters and the Bpi website for further details.

In March of every year, an international documentary film festival, the Cinéma du réel, is organized by the Bpi, with the support of the Association des amis du Cinéma du réel. The festival is held in the Pompidou Center projection rooms. The program is published in mid-February and information is available online as well as in printed catalogue and leaflet form.

Group visits are scheduled in the mornings.
Reservations and information :
Tel. : 01 44 78 13 83
Fax : 01 44 78 47 82
E-mail :

The Bpi, along with the Pompidou Center, also schedules visits for disabled persons.

The Bpi publishes a revue entitled the Bulletin Bpi (available free of charge at the library), language learning methods, symposium proceedings, studies on library users and the sociology of reading; the catalogue can be consulted at the information desks and on the Internet and you can obtain a copy on request. Some of the texts are also availabe on the Bpi website.

A mediator is available to answer your questions and respond to your comments and questions; you can write to the mediator on-site at the Bpi (mailbox, readers’ notebook) or
– by mail : Médiateur, 75197 Paris cedex 04
– by fax : 01 44 78 47 85 (to the attention of the Médiateur)
– by e-mail :

Welcome to the Bpi…

May 2004


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