Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève

Sainte-Geneviève Library

A public and university library in Paris, which inherited the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve. The library contains around 2 million documents.

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The names of 810 illustrious scholars are inscribed on the building’s facade.

Between 1838 and 1850, a building for the Sainte-Geneviève Library was designed and constructed under the direction of the architect Henri Labrouste. The glass and iron reading room has been described as “magisterial” and the building itself as a seminal work in the creation of the modern library as “a temple of knowledge and space for contemplation.”

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The Abbey of St Genevieve, one of the largest and oldest abbeys in Paris, was founded in the sixth century by Clovis I and subject to the rule of St Benedict. As part of a reform of its practices in 1148, the Canons Regular of St Augustine were installed at the abbey. Until the French Revolution, they maintained its library and a school of copyists. The oldest known manuscript from the library of the abbey, now preserved at the Public Library of Soissons (ms 80) is an ex-libris of the twelfth century: Iste liber is Sancte Genovefa parisiensis.

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Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France, Building

Sainte-Geneviève Library – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bibliotheque Ste. Genevieve – Great Buildings Online

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (BSG) – Paris- Facebook

Henri Labrouste – Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève – YouTube

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