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With a catalogue of nearly one million documents and a wide range of digital resources, the Sciences Po library is recognised as a reference library for the social sciences in Europe.

Serving Sciences Po students, professors and researchers, as well as external readers from across the world, the library offers an outstanding collection of more than 950,000 titles in the field of social sciences. 

The library facilitates access to information for all, especially through its many digital resources. While access to its online journals and databases is reserved for students and teachers, the library’s bibliographies and documentary files on current events are open to all. The library also publishes research from Sciences Po in the Sciences Po Institutional Repository (SPIRE open archive - en available). Making its premises and its collections accessible to disabled readers is particularly important to Sciences Po.

In keeping with the ethos of Sciences Po, the library’s collections are highly international, containing 60 % foreign language documents. The library functions as a network across the seven campuses of Sciences Po.

Key Figures

  • 1 000 000


  • 860 000

    digitized documents

  • 70 000

    online journals

  • 25 km

    shelf space

  • 60%

    works in foreign languages

  • 6 000 000

    downloads per year

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