Presentation

Library The library, which forms the heart of the museum and is open to all, was founded by Paul Meurice who provided its initial nucleus. True to this ethos, it is a documentation centre giving the public access not only to his numerous and precious printed works, but also to collections of letters and manuscripts, archives and documents.

The Place des Vosges Library
On the opening of the house to the public in 1903, Paul Meurice donated his library so that everyone could read and study the works of Victor Hugo. It was packed with first editions and valuable copies, handwritten dedications, manuscripts, drawings and photographs, including volumes of corrected proof sheets as well as rare and reprinted newspapers, making up an original nucleus of great heritage value.
Since then, this national collection has been added to constantly, to build up a documentary collection devoted to the critical legacy of the writer and his entourage. You will therefore find all of the complete editions, new French and foreign editions of his works, illustrated editions from the 19th and 20th centuries, all of the biographies, writings and memoirs published by members of his family (General Hugo, Madame Adèle Hugo, the writer’s brothers, his two sons and his daughter Adèle, and his great-grandson Jean Hugo…), the critical works on his literary, historical, social and cinematographic legacy, as well as catalogues and books related to his artistic work.
A third collection focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries with many studies on literature and art, printed correspondence, works of Victor Hugo’s contemporaries and exhibition catalogues.
These are living collections which are supplemented by new acquisitions every year. They are currently being computerised and today number more than 11,400 volumes and more than 3,000 reprints and articles.
The Hauteville House Library
In Guernsey many books are stored in the display cabinets designed by the writer for the 2nd floor landing, and in the "Look out" anteroom on the 3rd floor. This was the library of a writer in exile which became a family library, and is very diverse. Here you will find a jumble of works of ancient literature, reference material and, above all, numerous handwritten dedications to the writer, often expressing Republican sympathies or admiration. Although items were withdrawn or added before the donation, it remains one of the rare examples of a 19th century writer’s library. This library is an integral part of the fixtures and fittings of Hauteville House and is not open to the public, apart from certain important volumes which were taken to the Place des Vosges.
Practical information
Address: 6, Place des Vosges, 75004 PARIS
Access: On the 3rd floor of the museum (lift for persons of reduced mobility)
Opening days and times: Monday to Fridays: 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5.30 pm. Closed on Saturdays and public holidays
Consultation: On site, all adult members of the public, on appointment only
The museum library is equipped with two video magnifiers:
The TVI colour with mouse camera which magnifies the documents onto a TV monitor.
the Jordy, a portable colour video magnifier, equipped with a pair of glasses which transmit the image in real time.
Contacts:
Books and research support: Marie-Laurence Marco. Tel: 01 42 72 82 89
Manuscripts: Martine Contensou. Tel:  01 42 72 75 84
Correspondence: Michèle Bertaux. Tel: 01 42 72 10 89
Email: prenom.nom@paris.fr
Fax: 01 42 72 06 64
Services:
Research support
-Photocopying (subject to copyright legislation): €0.10 per item
-Photographs (no tripods or flashes)