Digital libraries and resources available on PSL campus


With exam season fast approaching, here's a look at how to access campus libraries and the digital resources available. Due to the health context, the information given for accessing the reading rooms or borrowing documents may change very quickly. The web addresses or contacts will enable you to get information before you go.

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Since last year, the campus lives under health policies. Within the PSL schools, the library teams have made their best to offer a service adapted to all. Online documentation services have been developed and some reading rooms are open under a new access policy.

Online documentation

PSL Explore and the schools' document website provide access to enhanced packages of joint electronic resources (books, journals, databases).

PSL Explore

The PSL-Explore website is a gateway to Université PSL's knowledge dissemintation and it provides broad access to documentary resources via two navigation options: one devoted to the discovery of the heritage and scientific research conducted at PSL, the other to documentary research. Its catalog contains more than 6 million records accessible to the entire PSL community: access the PSL-Explore catalog.
An overview of the catalog and its main operating system is provided in this handbook, which shows you step by step the browsing of online resources: tutorial - documentary resources on PSL-Explore.
All of the journal packages and document resource website to which Université PSL subscribes are listed here: databases.

The online services of the Ecole nationale des chartes – PSL

The library is currently closed, but online services remain available. Additional documents have also been made available to users since the beginning of the pandemic. The library team remains available to assist users at bibliothè

The online documentation service of the Collège de France libraries

The thirteen libraries of the Collège de France are closed due to the health situation, but they offer an online documentation service to all readers.

Digital resources of the Chimie Paris – PSL's library

The library is currently closed, students at the school can access digital resources with the VPN.

Reading rooms and borrowing services

In spite of the health situation, some reading rooms are still open for the users according to a specific policy and sometimes a borrowing service is available.
The information below is subject to change very quickly. The web addresses or contacts will enable you to get further information before coming.

Library of the CNSAD – PSL

The Béatrix Dussane Library is open to all by appointment. The catalog and access procedures are available on the Conservatoire's website.

Dauphine – PSL's University library

The library is open from Monday to Friday. It is open to students from Dauphine - PSL and from all the university's institutions that have made an online reservation. 300 spots are available for 4-hour periods: from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A "library on demand" service is also available for those who want to borrow books.
All information on how to access and borrow is available on the website of the Dauphine library.
For any first registration it is necessary to make an appointment with Isabelle Kéfala and Renaud Delemontez-Sage.

EPHE – PSL's libraries

The resources of the Religious Sciences Library and the Michel Fleury Library – Sciences historiques et philologiques are available with the documentary equipment (GED) of the Condorcet campus. To borrow, return documents or read on the spot, appointments are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. according to a capacity of 25 places. Appointments can be made online.

The ENS - PSL library network

The nine libraries of the ENS - PSL are available to students of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and to students of the Université PSL who already have an access badge. Due to the health situation, the available spots have been reduced. New pre-registration requests are temporarily suspended.
Details of opening hours and days are available on the website.

The library of ESPCI Paris – PSL

The library is open to first and second year engineering students from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Access to the reading room is allowed only by appointment.

Library of MINES Paris – PSL

The library is open to MINES Paris - PSL students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. A reservation by email is necessary to come and work on the spot. A loan service by appointment has also been made available to users. All the information on the access and borrowing modalities are available on the library's website.

Library of the Observatoire de Paris – PSL

The library of the Observatoire de Paris - PSL is available on two sites: Paris and Meudon.
Both are open only to the readers of the Observatory, by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, by half-day periods, specifying the works you wish to read, by email at
At the same time, staff and students of the Observatory can still reserve books and pick them up at the reception desk.

Overview of workplaces available to students in Paris

In order to enable you to study properly and get some fresh air, several organizations and administrations have made available spots for you to work alone or in groups.

Keep in mind: The "good tips" section of the PSL student life newsletter regularly relays addresses or opportunities to work in Paris. In case you don't receive it, here is the subscription link.