Library of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA)

The Library of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) is a relatively recent creation (2003). Housed in France’s Bibliothèque Nationale premises on rue Vivienne in Paris, together with the study and research department constitutes one of the pillars of an institution that is still young in terms of French academic research; its mission is to “carry out scientific activity and contribute to international scientific cooperation in the area of the history of art and culture”.
The library has more than 1.8 million documents and receives more than 35,000 visits and 139,000 communications annually.
in 2014 It moved to the historic reading room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, “The salle Labrouste”, thereby realising the dream of a great library of art, completing –or beginning –a decades-long adventure.

As an on-site and progressively off-site resource centre, the INHA has been managing the collections of the Library of Art and Archaeology, created by the great dressmaker, collector and patron Jacques Doucet (1853-1929), since 2003. Today the collections have been considerably enriched and are accessible in the Oval Reading Room (salle Ovale) of the Richelieu quadrangle, close to the specialist departments of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

These collections have been completed by those of the Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux and a selection of the print collections from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. This collection was opened at the end of 2015 in the Labrouste reading room and its surrounding reserves, at the heart of the renovated Richelieu quadrangle.
This exceptional grouping, which will constitute one of the largest art libraries in the world, will hold more than 1 800 000 documents, of which 230 000 open-access books, and welcome up to 411 readers.
This resource  is enriched by the proximity of the library of the École Nationale des Chartes (160 000 documents) and the specialist collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, which will remain on site.