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Bibliothèque nationale de France
Following a series of regime changes in France, it became the Imperial National Library and in 1868 it moved to new buildings on the Rue de Richelieu. In 1896, the library was the largest collection of books in the world.
In 1988, President François Mitterrand agreed to build a new modern library. It now contains more than twenty million volumes.
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- Riding, Alan. "France Detects a Cultural Threat in Google," New York Times. April 11, 2005.