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Jacques Kerchache reading room

Open to all visitors, both large and small, the reading room is the museum's documentation and news space: books on art and photography, stories and history, cultural news reviews that help you extend your visit or prepare for a voyage etc.

Practical information


Obligatory registration by correspondence or upon accreditation at the room entrance (form to fill out).
Access via the Vigipirate security doors, for free access, or via the mediatheque cashdesk for paying access.
Location: 5th floor of the museum, accessed by a special lift in the reception hall.


Acquittement de droits d'inscription
* pour une durée hebdomaire (5 jours consécutifs) : 5€
* pour une durée annuelle (date à date) : 26€
Il s'agit d'une participation et non de prix : il n'y a donc pas de tarif réduit.  

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Thursday until 9.30 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Documents may only be consulted in situ. 



The study and research mediatheque provides:

- 180 seats for readers, equipped with electric sockets for portable computers;

- 48 computer stations connected to the museum network;

- 2 group workrooms;

- left luggage office (or lockers) on the 5th floor;

- a printing and reprography service.

The collections

- founding texts on ethnology and anthropology;

- works on the arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas;

- ethnomusicological CDs ;

- documentary films on the various civilisations;

- atlases and illustrated travellers’ tales;

- works dating from the 19th century to the present day (French and foreign anthropology);

- theses from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales (EHESS) on social anthropology and ethnology;

- special collections: Haardt collection, Mauss collection, Métraux collection, Rivet collection, Leiris collection, and the libraries of Georges Condominas and Jacques Kerchache.

Conserved in storage:

- 250,000 works;

- 3000 review titles (including 600 currently subscribed to);

- 500 microfiches;

- 3.000 audio CDs;

- 500 DVDs;

- a precious collection of almost 2000 works dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Freely accessible:

- almost 20,000 works and over 100 printed periodicals;

- electronic resources accessible via public computer stations.

On-site services

- consult open-access and stored collections;

- listen to music and sound documents;

- view a film;

- obtain information on and learn how to use resources to the full.

Inter-library loans

Distance services

- Mediatheque registration (form to fill out)

Special reception

- Visitors with reduced mobility

Access to the mediatheque is by a special lift in the reception hall. Museum personnel provide appropriate help.

- Visually impaired and blind visitors

A specially adapted computer station (21-inch screen, character enlarging software, scanner with character recognition software, vocal synthesis software, and video enlarger).

Digital services

10 workstations offer access to the databases : catalogues of documentation, electronic resources and a large selection of CDs and DVDs. A reading machine is available for blind or visually-impaired visitors.

The World Kiosk offers a perspective on cultural and artistic news by means of a selection of articles from more than 400 daily newspapers from across the world. Every day, you can discover an overview of the international press through five headlines:

Reading room events

Le Printemps des Poètes : Le rire des Polynésiens © musée du quai Branly, photo Pomme Célarié, 2009 - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Spring of the poets: The laughter of the Polynesians © musée du quai Branly, photograph Pomme Célarié, 2009

A venue for cultural mediation, the reading room offers regular events: encounters and round tables with authors, exhibition curators or artists; conferences relating to research and publication news; musical listening sessions. Numerous events are accessible for disabled people.
The Events are freely accessible subject to available places
Consult the reading room programming
Consult the Quarterly round-up