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A library card is required to access library materials

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A library card is required to access library materials.
Borrowing privileges vary according to the kind of library card held by the user as well as to the type and storage location of materials.

Electronic resources

Electronic resources are available for all readers on the Sciences Po campus.
Remote access is reserved to members of the Sciences Po community (faculty, researchers, students, staff).

Direct access

Direct access materials are available in the reading rooms.
To borrow these materials, proceed to the circulation desk or use the self-service issue machines (ground floor at 27 and 30 rue Saint-Guillaume).
Attention: some direct access materials are non circulating.

Closed stacks

The closed stacks are not accessible to users.
Materials must be located and requested using the catalogue. The loan is only registered when the material is checked out.
Materials may be borrowed and returned at the circulation desk (ground floor at 30, rue Saint-Guillaume).
Delivery times vary according to the storage location.

Delivery time and hold periods


Delivery time* Circulation desk hold period
Paris Magasins 45 mn (during opening hours)
Same day or next day* <No deliveries on Saturday>
3 days
Magasins distants Next day or second day*
<No deliveries on Saturday>
3 days

Some closed stack materials may only be consulted onsite (legal deposit, reserve...). After submitting your online request, you may retrieve these items and consult them in the onsite reading area (30, rue Saint-Guillaume, lower level).

* You will receive an email indicating the location and deadline for retrieving your requested materials.

Press clippings files

To consul press clipping files, see the Press clippings files webpage.
<Onsite consultation only>


To consult microform materials, you must make an appointment (30, rue Saint-Guillaume, lower level).
<Onsite consultation only>


Available only to members of the Sciences Po community.

Video on demand (VOD)

Over  3.000 movies and documentaries are now available through the library’s Médiathèque Numérique Sciences Po Bibliothèque. This includes weekly updates. Note: only 1 viewing per week
These are available for remote access. Register on the Médiathèque Numérique website.

Access is reserved to Sciences Po students (except those in Executive Education) and teachers.

CDs and DVDs

Around 800 CD and DVD titles are available on direct access (30 rue Saint-Guillaume, lower-level reading room) and in closed stacks.
These materials must be checked out only at the circulation desk (ground floor at 30 rue Saint-Guillaume) prior to being viewed or listened to, including in the library (with headphones). The storage cases are unlocked at checkout.

DVDs and CDs may not be renewed.
<Never force open a locked storage case>
<Never use self-service checkout machines or return boxes>

Updated on 13/10/2020

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