The audiences of the Bpi

Open until 10 pm every day except Tuesdays, in 2013 the Public Information Library recorded 1 462 779 entrées – a figure that is particularly high for a library, which situates it in the top 10 of the most heavily visited Parisian institutions, along with the Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Montparnasse.

The comparison stops there. The operation of a major public library is not the same as a monument or a tourist site: the returning visitor rate is particularly high and subject to specific kinds of variations, which may be seasonal (the low flows in summer alternate with the crowds during examinations), weekly (the saturation peaks on weekends contrast with the smooth flows on Friday afternoons) and daily (off-peak hours as of 6 pm).

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Sociology of our audiences

Since there are no member records, the Bpi conducts regular polls by random surveys in order to produce information on the profiles, practices and views of its visitors. Since 2003 in particular, it conducts a barometer indicator study of its audiences every three years.

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Survey of the audiences 

The Studies and Research Service also carries out other types of field studies for the Bpi.