Byzantine Library

Bibliothèque byzantine


The Byzantine Library, founded jointly in Paris in 1929 by the American scholar Thomas Whittemore and the Boston Byzantine Institute, holds a specialized collection on Byzantine civilization in general and more specifically on early Christian and Byzantine archaeology and art, Byzantine history and literature, the history of the Orthodox Church, and the liturgy, art and history of the countries influenced by Byzantine civilization (Slavic countries, Georgia, Armenia, the Near East), as well as on Coptic art and literature.

In addition, specialized collections in Byzantine epigraphy, numismatics and sigillography are developed within the collection of the History and Civilization of Byzantium Research Centre.

Access conditions

Access limited to professors, researchers and Master’s level and above students, on the recommendation of their research director. Undergraduate students (2- to 3-year higher education) can have temporary access at the request of their professor. The library is also open to people who, for reasons either professional (documentalists, painters, iconrestorers, writers) or personal, occasionally need to consult its collections.

Services available

On-site consultation, information by post or telephone.


Select ‘Recherche-avancée/Advanced search’ options.
Periodicals are listed in the SUDOC.
The library participates in the CNRS thematic catalogue Premier millénaire chrétien.

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (library registrations only from 10 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.).

Closed from November 4th 2019 due to the relocation of the library (reopening dates will be communicated at a later time).


52, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine
75231 PARIS CEDEX 05

Tel.: +33 1 43 54 86 60 or +33 1 44 27 17 97
Fax: +33 1 44 27 11 70