Before the launch of the 'New BNU' architectural project, the library had three strong rooms called Reserve Stacks where the most precious and most fragile documents were kept. Two of these Stacks - for manuscripts and incunabula - were in the building on the Place de la République, and were removed at the end of December 2010 and in early January 2011 to a place newly fitted out to house them, in the Rue Joffre building. The BNU currently has more than 6 900 manuscripts (ancient and modern) and 2 022 incunabula.
The third Reserve Stack, located on the building at 5 Rue Joffre, houses the collections of 5 200 papyruses, 4 958 ostraca, 255 mummy labels, and 487 cuneiform tablets, giving a total of more than 10 000 Egyptology documents.
There are other items as well as these documents - sculptures, paintings, furniture, etc - and a number of special collections and collections of private archives (archives of the De Turckheim family, Comte Arthur de Gobineau's collection, the Marie Jaëll collection, etc).
Click here for more about the manuscripts.
Click here for more information about the incunabula.
Reserve Stacks Manager
Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 20