Bibliothèque municipale de Bourges
8 place des Quatre Piliers
Tel.: Tel02 48 24 33 40
Fax: Fax02 48 24 21 42
The town-library of Bourges is scheduled as a place of historic interest and forms a network of libraries, of which the media-library and the library of the " Quatre-Piliers", which has owned the patrimonial funds since the XVIIth century.
In December 2000 the library was gifted a literary records' fund concerning Alain-Fournier, born not far away in La Chapelle d'Angillon (Cher), and Jacques Rivière, manager of the "Nouvelle Revue Française" from 1919 to 1925, friend and brother-in-law of the novelist. This fund is composed of nearly 10,000 manuscripts, of which the drafts of Le Grand Meaulnes, correspondence and personal papers, either property of the two writers or regarding the artistic and literary movements of the first quarter of the XXth century. It particularly shows huge epistolary exchanges with Paul Claudel, André Gide, Marcel Proust, Gaston Gallimard, Charles Péguy, Marguerite Audoux, Jacques Copeau, André Lhote, Antoine Bourdelle, and so on.
The library possesses two other documentary funds of editions and studies, one about the writer George Sand who was strongly devoted to the territory of Berry, and the other one dedicated to the poet Emile Deschamps, born in Bourges in 1791.