Bibliothèque municipale de Douai

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Bibliothèque Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
A page from one of the medieval illuminated manuscripts held by the library (BM Douai Ms. 340)
Country France
Type Public library
Scope Bibliothèque Municipale Classée
Established 1767
Reference to legal mandate Code général des collectivités territoriales, art. L 1422-2 & R 1422-2; Code du patrimoine, art. L 310-2
Location 117 Rue de la Fonderie, 59500 Douai
Size about 250,000 works (including 600 medieval manuscripts and 300 incunables)
Other information
Director Guillaume Klaes

The Bibliothèque municipale de Douai, now Bibliothèque Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (after the Douai-born poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore) is a library in Douai, France. Founded in 1767, it was bombed on August 11, 1944.[1] The library reopened in 1955, in a new building designed by the architect Maurice Coasnes.[2]

The special collections ("réserve patrimoniale") include 607 medieval manuscripts (many of which were confiscated at the suppression of Anchin Abbey and Marchiennes Abbey during the French Revolution), over 300 incunables, a considerable number of works printed in Douai on hand-operated presses from 1569 onwards, and the literary remains (letters and manuscripts) of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786-1859).[3]


  1. ^ The Medieval Bestiary, last updated Jan. 15, 2011; consulted Apr. 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Jean Bleton, Les Nouvelles Bibliothèques Municipales de Douai et de Beauvais, Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France no. 5 (1957). Consulted 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ La réserve patrimoniale, Library website. Consulted 22 Apr., 2014.

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