The study and heritage library, better known as the Périgord library, is closed until further notice. This is bad news for students and researchers who are used to attending their studies or research. Pieces of the Cupola of this architectural gem fell in the study room, causing no injuries. The library is closed until further notice.
Elements of the central dome are detached
“Parts of the central dome have come loose, endangering the safety of the public and staff. The technical services are at work to confirm the spaces. “ indicated the Toulouse libraries website.
We will inform you of the reopening date as soon as possible.
An architectural feat
The Study and Heritage Library, in charge of the city’s historical collections, provides access to
“5,000 documents since 1945 concerning Toulouse and the Midi-Pyrénées region“and also to”more than 35,000 books published since 1990 in all fields (literature, arts, human and social sciences, sciences, etc.)“indicates the website of the Bibliothèques de Toulouse.
Inaugurated in October 1935, with a surface area of 9,000m2, the Périgord library is one of the most important library achievements in France during the interwar period.
It is distinguished by an architectural feat: “The main building housing the collections has free-standing stores. The weight of the books rests on metal pillars depending on the 6 levels and supporting the shelves. “
The monumental reading room “With a ceiling height of 15m without a single pillar is lit by huge windows and a magnificent dome in multicolored glass paving stones” which is therefore damaged today. The rich facades, the entrance hall and the reading room are adorned with frescoes by painter Marc Saint-Saëns.
A major renovation of the building took place in the early 2000s, at the same time as the construction of the José Cabanis Media Library.