The 2024 General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference will take place in the National Library of France: François-Mitterrand site (GA and WAC) and Richelieu site (Welcome Reception on April 24).

François-Mitterrand site:



The François-Mitterand site houses two libraries, one for the general public and one for researchers. The site is located on an open plaza with four towers shaped like an open book.

Site François-Mitterrand 
Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris Cedex 13
Phone: +33(0)1 53 79 59 59

The François-Mitterrand site can be easily reached by bus, metro, or car. For detailed advice on how to travel to and from the venue, see the travel advice section below.

Richelieu site:


The Richelieu site hosts the BnF’s research reading rooms for specific collections (Manuscripts, Prints & Photography, Music), an open library (salle Ovale), and a museum.

Site Richelieu
58, rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
PHONE: +33(0)1 53 79 59 59
Bus: Lines 20, 29, 39, 74, 85; Metro: Line 3 (Bourse), 1 & 7 (Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre), 7 & 14 (Pyramides)


The BnF offers a free guest network for onsite wireless Internet access.

Places to eat

Lunches, coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided throughout GA and WAC. The welcome reception will take place at Salle Ovale at the Richelieu site on April 24. The conference dinner will be held at “Le Belvédère” at the François-Mitterrand site on April 25 (entrance will be facing the Seine River, see site map below). Restaurants, bars, and cafes are a short walk from the library. Some of the nearest ones have been marked on the map below.



There are three airports in Paris 1) Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), 2) Orly International Airport (ORY) and 3) Beauvais International Airport (BVA). Paris Gare du Nord is the main train station, including for Eurostar, with international connections from London, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Traveling from the airport

Traveling by train

Getting to the venue

The entrance of the BnF is located on rue Émile Durkheim. Go to the esplanade between the two towers. Once in close proximity of the MK2 movie theater, you will spot signage carrying the ‘BnF’ inscription. Come even closer and a flight of descending stairs and elevators leading to the building will appear. You are only a few meters away! For detailed look at the conference area of the BnF, you can view these venue maps, which will also be provided in your conference bag.

Map of François-Mitterrand Site
main entrance marked in red
(click to enlarge)

The building will be open to visitors beginning at 8:30 am.

There will be volunteers outside the building to lead you to the main public entrance as well as inside the building, right after the security check, to lead you to the registration desk located in the Grand Auditorium Foyer.

Upon your arrival, please collect your name badge and conference program from the registration desk.

NOTE: Please give yourself an arrival buffer of at least 20 minutes to provide time for your bags to be scanned by security upon entry to the BnF.

Map of Richelieu Site
(Click to enlarge)

There will be group departures from the François-Mitterrand site to the Richelieu site for the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, but all participants will need their own Metro ticket. The entrance to the Richelieu site is by 5 rue Vivienne. Salle Ovale is the oval-shaped room (#2) on the Richelieu site map. There will be new security checks at the entrance of the Richelieu site.

RATP: Paris public transport
Coming by Metro
  • Line 14 (Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand), Avenue de France exit (escalators and elevator). In the case of an elevator breakdown, it is preferable to use the RER C’s exit (escalator). NOTE: This line closes by 10:00 PM during the week due to construction.
  • Line 6 (Quai de la gare)
  • RER Line C: connection to Line 14 with an escalator
Coming by bus
  • Line 89, Stops: Opt for Avenue de France stop (step-free) and Quai François Mauriac or rue Raymond Aron. Please note: These two stops are quite far away from the Library’s entrance and will have you use or walk around stairs.
  • Line 61, Stop: Quai de la Gare
  • Line 62, Stops: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand - Avenue de France and Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand
  • Line 64, Stops: Tolbiac - Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand and Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand
  • Line 71, Stop: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand (last stop of the line)
  • Line 132, Stop: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand
  • Line 325, Stops: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand. Avenue de France, Tolbiac - Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand and Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand
Coming by bike

You can use bike stands/covered parking areas for bicycles located on rue Émile Durkheim.
There are Velib’ stations near the following locations:

  • rue Pau Casals
  • quai François Mauriac
  • quai de la gare
Coming by car

There are fee-paying car parks nearby, on rue Émile Durkheim and rue Abel Gance. Read here for more detailed information on motorway systems and tolls.

People with reduced mobility can use the Library staff car park (entrance on Quai François-Mauriac, height restricted to 1,9 meters) upon showing justification. The car park’s elevators give you direct access to the Library halls. Our staff will look after you from your arrival in the car park.

People with reduced mobility

Accessing the site

The only step-free entrance to the Library is situated on Avenue de France. A flight of stairs surrounds the Library on its three other sides. Therefore, we advise you to opt for the Avenue de France entrance. At the BnF entrance, you will find free-to-use elevators. If the elevators are out of order, you are kindly invited to go to the elevator about ten meters on the left towards the garden (please push the intercom button for a few seconds). At the entrance, you will be given priority access.

Inside the library

Guide dogs are welcome inside the Library.

Wheelchairs are available in the cloakrooms and at the entrance hall. You will need to provide a valid piece of ID.


Please be advised that depending on your nationality, you might need to obtain a visa in order to enter France. For more information, see here. Please contact us at if you need a visa invitation letter.



We have negotiated special rates for WAC2024 participants in one hotel in Paris, 15 minutes from the François-Mitterrand site:

Urban Bivouac Hotel
1 rue STHRAU 75013 Paris

10% off on bookings (with or without breakfast included) when they're made through the website using the code BNF10.

More options

On the map above, we have marked hotels that are within walking distance from the FM site. For more accommodation options, see and Airbnb.





Please review the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the French government here.

Le site François-Mitterrand
© Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc / BnF