Information for readers with disabilities

Services to improve accessibility for all readers.

The library is committed to providing access to library resources for readers with disabilities. It has therefore developed services to improve accessibility for all readers.


Library staff are available to assist readers with disabilities in the reading rooms and at the various reference desks:

  • to orient readers according to their needs
  • to request documents and check out materials
  • to retrieve open access materials
  • to provide you access to the audio news
  • to scan and process OCR on your documents and articles
  • to make photocopies

Readers with disabilities are granted extended borrowing privileges and access the delivery service in Paris at 13 rue de l'Université.

Individualized assistance can be arranged by appointment by email to and
Library access is free for readers with disabilities and their attendants, under certain conditions.

Building access

The libraries located at 27 and 30 rue Saint-Guillaume are equipped with automatic doors.

  • The lower level reading room located at 30 rue Saint-Guillaume is equipped with an adjustable table.
  • The ground floor reading room located at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume is equipped with two adjustable tables.
  • Both libraries are equipped with self-service checkout machines which are accessible to readers with limited mobility.

  • Hearing induction loops are available at all reference desks for hearing-impaired readers.

Equipment and assistive technologies for visually impaired readers

Workstations equipped with assistive technologies area available for visually impaired readers.
Contact : Samia Khelifi by email to (digital accessibility assistant)

In Paris and in some local campus, soundproof booths are at your disposal to work. They are equipped with the following:

  • Jaws : voice synthesizer software for Windows and documents
  • Zoom Text : screen magnifier
  • Adobe Digital Edition (for reading ebooks)
  • Omnipage 17 (character recognition software for scanned images)
  • 4 PCs with braille keyboards connected to both local and network printers as well as a braille embosser (booth A)
  • 2 image magnifiers connected to PC screens
  • 2 scanners for digitizing documents with character recognition
  • 2 reading machines with integrated MP3 players to listen to scanned documents converted to audio files by vocal synthesizer software
  • 1 magnifying lamp (booth A)
  • 1 telephone (booth A) enabling to contact the accessibility assistant and the IT helpdesk

New for the 2016/2017 academic year :  You can rent amplifiers sound and magnifying glasses or Portable video magnifier ( Weight 300g ).

In Paris Capus, two soundproof booths are in the lower level floor at 30, rue Saint-Guillaume 

Resource accessibility

Electronic Resources

The following electronic databases have an integrated voice synthesizer:

Audiovisual collections: DVD et CD (limited to members of the Sciences Po Paris community)

The lower level reading room at 30, rue saint-Guillaume contains the following materials:

  • DVD: both French fiction and documentary films (many of which are subtitled for the hearing impaired) and foreign fiction and documentary films (the majority of which are in the original language with subtitles)
  • Audiobook CD: classic texts


Tel: 33 (0)1 45 49 55 58
Tel: 06 70 65 24 03

Machine à écouter les documents scannés
© M. Nascimento / Sciences Po

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