The library and its e-resources

  • Search +, a time-saving search engineSearch +, a time-saving search engine


In compliance with provider contracts, remote access to the library’s digital resources is for members of the Sciences Po community only (students, faculty, staff), using their login IDs.

Registered outside readers may consult digital resources on campus only.

For direct access to the various research interfaces, see the “Searching” section and the links listed under “For more information” below.

Particular efforts have been made to guarantee disabled readers access to library resources.


The library offers a vast array of digital resources:

  • The catalogue, remotely accessible (searches, document requests, account access, reservations, loan renewals)
  • Search +, which includes print collections and digital resources (electronic periodicals, databases, etc.) in a single search. This search engine offers a user-friendly interface and direct access to the full text of electronic resources, providing simplified searches of all library material.  
  • More than 50 online databases (dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, etc.)
  • Bibliographies and document files
  • 3,750 digitized press clipping files
  • 5,500 e-books
  • 15,000 online journals

Specialized computer tools are available for the visually impaired.


The Search + tool provides access to a wide range of print and electronic resources in a single search:

  • all materials in the library catalogue
  • full-text articles from most online journals
  • most of the library’s e-books
  • open-access materials

Use the digital resources tool to:

  • search by database name (Cairn, JSTOR, etc.)
  • consult dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • consult legal and newspaper databases
  • consult digitized press clipping files

Online journals have their own search engines.


The library’s goal is to guarantee disabled readers access to its resources. It has thus developed a range of services designed to improve access for all readers: information, registration, building accessibility, equipment for the visually impaired, hearing loops, elevator badges, accessibility of digital collections, remote and onsite access to the BNFA (Bibliothèque Numérique Francophone Accessible, formerly Bibliothèque Hélène, with more than 12,000 audio books in French), Vocal Press (audio periodicals, with a large selection of dailies, weeklies and monthlies).


The library provides online tutorials and regularly offers training sessions that are open to all.