Library and collections

L'Ecole des Beaux-arts preserves extensive collections of books and works of art. Started by the Royal Academies during the 17th century as teaching and research collections, they have since been supplemented by student competitions and important donations and legacies of books, drawings, engravings and various other documents. Among the student work preserved in the library are winning pieces from the Prix de Rome Contests in painting, sculpture, engraving, and architecture.

The library and collections together possess 120,000 books from the 16th to the 20th century, 800 periodicals, 100,000 engravings, 70,000 historic photographs, 13,000 drawings, 25,000 architectural drawings, 1,500 paintings, and 1,500 sculptures and medals.The collections were moved to their present location in the Palais des Etudes in 1864. Adorned with historic paintings from the Acadèmie and busts of past Ecole des Beaux-Arts instructors, the ancient library was restored in 1975 to its former grandeur. Today, students and researchers can visit the library and study works which date from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

Mondays to Fridays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Palais des Etudes, main floor, left-hand staircase
14, rue Bonaparte
F-75272 Paris Cedex 06, FRANCE
Mètro: Saint-Germain-des-Près

Chief curator: Annie Jacques
Telephone: 33 (1) 47 03 50 82