Sciences Po Library

Sciences Po is a selective and diverse French university specialising in the humanities and social sciences with 9,600 students. It devotes 40% of its budget to research.

Brief history
Created in 1872 with the École libre des sciences politiques, the library is the main working tool for students and academic staff and has been so from the beginning. It is also open to a large number of readers from outside the institution.

Library users have access to more than 920,000 print volumes in social sciences, 50 online databases, over 1,800 e-books and more than 145,500 online journals.
The library has been a repository for United Nations publications since 1947.

The library's acquisition policy takes into account the institution's international vocation: 60% of our print holdings are in languages other than French. More on the Sciences Po's collection policy can be found here.

A CADIST (Centre d'acquisition et de diffusion de l'information scientifique et technique) in political science and Associate centre of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Sciences Po library is the reference library for the acquisition, storage and distribution of materials in the field of political science.

Six brandnew reading rooms have been opened at the beginning of the 2010/2011 academic year in the heart of Paris. All in all, students now have access to almost 960 individual work spaces, 86,000 documents in open stacks, areas set aside for group work and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

Institutional Repositories
SPIRE, the Sciences Po Institutional Repository, provides access to the research output of the Sciences Po academic community.

Spire contains articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles in non peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters, research reports, working papers, conference papers, proceedings, etc.

Digital Library Projects
The Library is an active participant in the elaboration of a collective catalogue for French university libraries known as the Système universitaire de documentation -SUDOC.

Since 1946, the Library at Sciences Po has assembled press files on issues of political, economic and social interest globally. At the present time, some 18.000 press files are available to readers. A digitization program of these files started in 2005 and a database with press articles in full text is now available for Sciences Po Library users.

The Library Website can be found at


For information regarding resource questions, please contact the information desk at

For questions regarding Nereus and Sciences Po's involvement, please contact:

Delphine Lereculeur
Repository Manager
Sciences Po
27 rue Saint-Guillaume
75 337 Paris Cedex 07
France France
Tel: 33 (0)1 45 49 53 14
Fax: 33 (0)1 42 22 99 80

Francois Cavalier
Director of Sciences Po Library
Sciences Po
27 rue Saint-Guillaume
75 337 Paris Cedex 07 France
Tel : 33 (0)1 45 49 51 90
Fax : 33 (0)1 45 49 53 21