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Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Library


The library from the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine is conceived to become the pole of national and international documentary scene in contemporary architecture. Located at the first floor of the front pavilion of the Palais de Chaillot ('Paris' wing), the library represents 1280 m2 of public space. Its collections are composed of 45 000 books, 450 periodicals and many multimedia documents (documentary films, CD-ROM, databases,...).
S'inscrivant résolument dans les grandes missions de la Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, la bibliothèque est ouverte à tous les publics, y compris le week-end. Elle accueille donc les publics spécialisés (étudiants, architectes, chercheurs, urbanistes, ...) en leur proposant de la documentation et des services adaptés à leurs besoins et participe à la sensibilisation du grand public en offrant un accès direct à ses collections.



Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Archive - FRANCE
The archive of architecture is a very important element in the writing of the history of architecture, in the renewal of architectural and urban approaches, in the exchange of experiences. Since the beginning of the 1980s, the Centre of Architecture Archive from the XXth century, created by the French Institute for Architecture, played a main role in their taking in account by the State.

INHA- Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art - FRANCE
The library of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art includes the collections of three major art libraries:
  • The Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie Jacques Doucet (807,580 documents) that joined INHA on January 1st 2003
  • The Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux (252,160 documents)
  • The Bibliothèque de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (128,000 prints)

Later the Bibliothèque de l’Ecole nationale des Chartes (149,000 documents) will join with its collections.
On its opening, the total collection will contain approximately 1 340,000 documents.
These collections and the associated services are available in the historic Labrouste room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and on the four floors of the adjacent rooms.
A large part of the collections (approximately 275,000 documents) will be available to the general public, free of charge.
58, rue de Richelieu, F-75002 PARIS, tél +33-1 47 03 76 23, fax +33-1- 47 03 76 30,
Les Arts Décoratifs - Library - FRANCE
Les Arts Décoratifs is a documentation centre for researchers, university students, historians, art critics and designers. The collection complements the general catalogues of the library of Arts décoratifs.
Created over several decades with the growth of certain collections or the creation of specialised departments, the documentation centre hosts different collections and offers advice to the general public on documentary collections on decorative arts from the 17th and 18th centuries to modern and contemporary arts and includes glass, toys, textile fashion and commercial advertisements.
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, tel +33-1-44555700,
Decorative Arts, early 20th century: tel +33-1-44555811,
Glass: tel. +33-1-44555852,
Advertising: tel. +33-1-44555946,

Les Arts Décoratifs - Photo Library - FRANCE
Since the creation of the photographic service in 1972, Les Arts Décoratifs holds a first class collection in line with the documentary policy of the establishment and completes the documentary services of the museums. Through its actions and communication policies, the photographic service makes the rich collections of the museums known to a larger public and contributes to the influence of the decorative arts.
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, tel +33-1-44555776,
Les Arts Décoratifs- Works database - FRANCE
On the occasion of the opening of the new museum of decorative arts, an extract of the database has been put on line in order to make the collections accessible to a wider public.

Maurice Denis Museum - Library - FRANCE
The library counts around 10.000 books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, original editions, as well as an important fund of books illustrated by symbolist and nabi artists. The documentation centre contains worksn artists and thematic files, an important archive of manuscripts (about 15,000 letters) as well as a rich collection of newspapers and journals from the end of 19th century to now.
The library access is open to researchers and students with appointments only.
2 bis, rue Maurice Denis B.P. 60222 - 78102 Saint-Germain-en-Laye CEDEX. Tel. 01 39 73 96 16, email:; head curator:

UNESCO - ICOMOS - Documentation Centre - FRANCE
The UNESCO-ICOMOS documentation centre specializes in architectural heritage, preservation and restoration, monuments and historical sites. The international documentary fund counts today 40.000 books about most of the countries in the world; a collection of 400 periodicals ; 25.000 dias, photos and maps; original files for the listing of monuments, blocks and cultural sites on the list of the UNESCO world heritage. The documentation centre owns library collections specialized in: industrial architecture, vernacular architecture, rock art, wood, bricks, training, management of archeological heritage, inventories, cultural routes, gardens and historical parks, legislation, world heritage monuments and sites, endangered heritage and preparation to risks, industrial heritage, subaquatic heritage, cultural landscapes, photogrammetry, stone and other building materials, cultural tourism, town planning, cities and historical villages.
49-51, Rue de la Fédération, 75015 PARIS. Tel. 33(0)145676770 ; Fax. 33(0)145660622; email: documentation(at) / centre-doc-icomos(at)

Bildarchiv Foto Marburg - GERMANY
The archive contains art historical documentation photo material in different format (glass prints, films etc.- mainly black-and-white), including about 1,5 million documents. The main focus is on art and architecture in Germany and Europe. A large part of the collection is digitally available on the internet, on the Bildindex der Kunst und Architectur.
Biegenstraße 11, D-35037 Marburg, tel. +49 6421 2823600, fax +49 6421 2828931,
Henry van de Velde-Archive - GERMANY
The archive of the Henry van de Velde-Gesellschaft in Hagen includes (1) art and craftwork as well as some designs, (2) a photograph collection, (3) an extensive specialized library as well as (4) the artist's letters and personal documents.
(1) The collection of the Henry van de Velde-Society and the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum includes architectual designs and plans, prints and drawings, craftwork, furniture as well as works from van de Velde's students.
(2) The photograph archive contains slides and negatives, films, photographs of various van de Velde works as well as personal photographs of van de Velde, his family, friends and contemporaries.
(3) The library contains a nearly complete series of van de Velde's books in various editions, original and copies of his publications in periodicals and publications on van der Velde and his contemporaries.
(4) Van de Velde's correspondences contained in the archive concern his activities in Weimar (copies from the Staatsarchiv Weimar) and other important personal statements and letters from the artist. This archived body of letters is substantially supplemented with writings by van de Velde taken from the KOE-Archive.
The Henry van de Velde Collection of the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, the Henry van de Velde-Society and the photographic and written archive inventory in Hagen focus on the substanial evidence of the artist's life and work in Germany (Birgit Schulte (ed.): Henry van de Velde in Hagen, Neuer Folkwang Verlag, Hagen 1992).
Hochstraße 73, D-58042 Hagen, tel +49-2331 207 3138 (Info), tel +49-2331 207 3131 (Administration), fax: +49-2331 207 402

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Bety Waknine, General Director,
Bruxelles Urbanisme & Patrimoine,
CCN - Rue du Progrès 80, B. 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium