GUEST OF HONOUR: THE VERSAILLES MUNICIPAL LIBRARY ​​​​​​​
The Versailles Municipal Library, listed for the historical importance of its collections, extends over nine sites: the Central Library, which holds most of the historical collection, the Heure Joyeuse Library, founded in 1935 and dedicated to children’s literature, the Digital Atelier, the library of the Open University of Versailles (UOV), and five neighbourhood libraries: Porchefontaine, Prés-aux-Bois, Petits-Bois, Saint-Louis and Vauban.
The Central Library is located in the former Foreign and Maritime Affairs building, built in 1761-1762 at the instigation of Choiseul and to the designs of Jean-Baptiste Berthier. The Gallery of Foreign Affairs, the building’s ceremonial area, listed as a historic monument in 1929, was a centre of French diplomacy until the Revolution. It was here that the 1783 Treaties of Versailles were negotiated, granting independence to the United States of America. Today it houses 55,000 antiquarian books and offers visitors the chance to explore a series of five rooms with admirably preserved interiors and artworks, including a portrait of Louis XV by Louis-Michel Loo, overdoors by Louis-Nicolas Van Blarenberghe and his workshop, and a group of paintings by Jean-Jacques Bachelier.
In addition to its public collections, the library has considerable holdings of historical and local importance: from cuneiform tablets to 21st-century artists' books, these include around 2,700 manuscripts, 120,000 printed books, 8,000 prints, as well as important collections of coins and medals, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures and objects, either from Revolutionary confiscations or acquired later through donations, bequests or acquisitions. Among the library's remarkable holdings are the manuscripts of Madame de Maintenon, part of Marie-Antoinette's and Madame du Barry’s libraries, the Goujet collection of rare 16th-century poetry and literature, incunabula, livres de fêtes, manuscript and printed music, and numerous books of royal or princely provenance.
Activities are offered on a regular basis across the library network to promote public engagement and showcase the historical collections, accessible online since 2021 thanks to the digital heritage library "La Sirène".

Bibliothèque municipale de Versailles
5 rue de l’Indépendance américaine - 78000 Versailles
bibliotheque@versailles.fr
Bibliothèque Centrale (Grande Galerie des affaires étrangères)
Bibliothèque Centrale (Grande Galerie des affaires étrangères)
Bibliothèque Centrale (réserves)
Bibliothèque Centrale (réserves)
Bibliothèque centrale; pôle patrimonial
Bibliothèque centrale; pôle patrimonial
Bibliothèque Centrale
Bibliothèque Centrale

The Vesinet Studio of Applied Arts (AAAV)
at the Paris Rare Books and Graphic Arts Fair 
The only school to offer a full programme in the arts and crafts of the book,  the section "Centre des Arts du livre" welcomes book collectors, young future professionals, and established professionals who wish to improve their skills.
Classes offered  cover the entire range of  needs in:
●  Binding
●  Book decoration
●  Gilding and mosaic
●  Book restoration
●  Restoration of graphic art
●  Restoration of paintings
The school's objective is to promote the know-how of the arts and crafts of the book, to 
preserve traditions while allowing them to evolve, and to contribute to the development of work opportunities.

A Bindery at the heart of the Fair
For the  duration of the Fair, the "Centre des Arts du livre" will animate workshops in  binding, gilding, book restoration and graphic arts restoration.
Activities will take place continuously, as in a real bindery, with demonstrations of the various steps required to bind a book. Visitors will be totally immersed in a workshop where the gestures and tools accompany the hand's intelligence/complicity.
Une immersion totale dans un atelier où les gestes et les matériaux accompagneront l’intelligence de la main.
The workshop team will answer all your questions.
Several books will be bound during the Fair - all the steps of leather and paper bindings will be detailed, and accompanied by decoration of the books. 
Book restoration and restoration of graphic art material will also be part of the life of this workshop.
At 4 p.m. every day, one of the workshop teachers will give a demonstration highlighting a specific technique. 
Gilding
Gilding
Backing
Backing
Putting under press
Putting under press
Passing on boards
Passing on boards
Exhibition: 10 years of binding competitions at the Vesinet Studio of Applied Arts
Discover or re-discover the prize winning bindings for the ten years since 2013: about sixty bindings  will be displayed on our stand, as well as those for the 2022 edition.
This competition is always a new adventure for us; for the first time we wish to share it with the maximum number of people, and the competition will be open to all binders wishing to participate.
For this special anniversary we needed a special author, and who better than Marcel Proust, who died one hundred years ago, on 18th November 1922! More than an anniversary, this is a hommage we propose through a few quotations on the theme of litterature, accompanied by Brigitte Chardome's calligraphy and engravings. 
Florent Rousseau
Président de l’AAAV
2014 Competition: "Three typographers were fed up", by Guy Lévis Mano. The prize for training courses and previous students was awarded to Elisabeth Champomier.
2014 Competition: "Three typographers were fed up", by Guy Lévis Mano. The prize for training courses and previous students was awarded to Elisabeth Champomier.
2018 Competition: "Blue in the mirror", by Luis Mizon, engravings by Anick Butré, Noir d'Ivoire editions. Third year binding students, prize awarded to Anne Pinet.
2018 Competition: "Blue in the mirror", by Luis Mizon, engravings by Anick Butré, Noir d'Ivoire editions. Third year binding students, prize awarded to Anne Pinet.
2019 Competition: "Plants of Gods, plants of Demons". Text Jacques Fleurentin, illustrated with 16 lithographic plates by Patrice Vermeille. Vesinet Studio of Applied Arts (AAAV) prize awarded to Sylvie Genot-Molinaro.
2019 Competition: "Plants of Gods, plants of Demons". Text Jacques Fleurentin, illustrated with 16 lithographic plates by Patrice Vermeille. Vesinet Studio of Applied Arts (AAAV) prize awarded to Sylvie Genot-Molinaro.
2021 Competition: "Little things/Almost nothing" by Ile Eniger, Inks by Michel Boucaut. Prize for decoration awarded to Eva Vincze.
2021 Competition: "Little things/Almost nothing" by Ile Eniger, Inks by Michel Boucaut. Prize for decoration awarded to Eva Vincze.