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Discover the library

The Ecole Polytechnique library was created along with the School, in 1794. Issues from revolutionary deposits, collections have been enriched by either outstanding contributions, either through regular acquisitions. Since its creation, the library is encyclopedic, with a very strong dominant in basic sciences. Cultural services and literary, humanities and social sciences collections are also offered to all of its audiences.

The library offers many electronic resources such as databases, electronic journals, books, encyclopedias and dictionaries, theses and interrogating its catalog .

Library numbers

- 788 eBooks
- 6 databases
- 1 online encyclopedias
- 141 dictionaries online

- 300 000 volumes
- 182,804 monographs in the bibliographic database through cooperation with laboratories
- 2709 periodical titles in paper
- 5317 electronic journals
- 381 current periodicals titles


The library's role is twofold: the conservation and exploitation of a rich cross-channel legacy fund and the creation and communication of a documentary fund to meet the needs of a scientific school and a research center primarily geared towards science fundamental. The Polytechnique library wants clearly focused on the future and fits into the forefront of innovative and dynamic libraries.