Africa Studies Center (CEAf-IMAF)

Created in 1957, the library has close historical ties with the Center for African Studies, which since 2014, has been part of the African Worlds Institute. It also has strong links to the Africanist teaching which has taken place in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at the Ecole pratiques des hautes études since the 1950s. This Department became the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in 1974.

In 1970, the documents of the Center for Documentation Analysis and Research for Black Africa (CARDAN) were donated to the library. In 2011, the Library joined BULAC, the University Library for Language and Civilisation. The library covers Anthropology, History, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa and the African diasporas of the Antilles and South America. It contains 24,500 monographs and 586 periodicals.

Contact: Marine Defosse 

Opening hours: Not specified.

Access: Not specified.

Borrowing: Not specified.



Alexandre Koyré Center (CAK)

CAK's contemporary collection comprises documents on history, philosophy, sociology, the anthropology of science and techniques. These disciplines and approaches were developed during the longue durée between the 16th and 19th centuries, and topics cover France, Europe and the rest of the world. The Library contains 27,000 documents including books, theses, articles, catalogues, and bibliographies, as well as 1500 antiquarian books and periodicals.

The Center subscribes to 38 scientific periodicals (consultation of issues dating from 2005 onwards) and contains rare and antique collections as well as the personal archives of researchers and historians of science.

Contact: Anabel Vazquez 

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-7pm; Wednesday 2pm-6pm; Thursday and Friday 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-5:30pm.

Access: Not specified.

Borrowing: Borrowing rights only for students and researchers affiliated to the Alexandre Koyré Center. Up to 10 documents may be borrowed simultaneously. Borrowing time depends on the document type and on the affiliation status of the person borrowing (e.g. Masters student, researcher, etc.)



Archaeology of Culture, Spaces and Societies Center (TRACES)

The TRACES Center holds 20,000 documents including articles. The Center was created in 2007. It is the amalgamation of the UTAH and CRPPM research groups; the latter was originally the PRBM Lab. The collection includes: 9000 monographs, 250 periodicals that are currently in circulation, an extensive collection of articles covering all the historical periods of the Research Group.

The Center's special collection of articles has been enriched by the donation of the personal libraries of George Laplace and Henri Delporte.

TRACES' collection is divided into the following time periods and themes:

  • History and Archeology of Mines and Metals (AM)
  • Iberian Peninsula (PI); Antiquity and Protohistory (AP)
  • Prehistory (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic), and Prehistoric Art (P)
  • Archeozoology (AZ)
  • the Middle Ages (MA)
  • various collections and periodicals

The Library is currently developing new areas of the collection on Latin America and Africa.

Contact: Information TRACES

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-7pm

Access: In 2015, TRACES Library moved to the Center for Documentation and Resources on the 4th Floor of the Maison de la Recherche. The resulting changes in terms of access to the collection and opening hours will be updated soon.

Borrowing: Due to the Library's move to new premises, borrowing rights are temporarily suspended. Up to 5 documents can be borrowed for a month on presentation of a TRACES Research Lab reading card. The card covers all members of the Center, as well as PhD and Master's students whose research is supervised by researchers or professors who are members of TRACES. 



Arts and Language Studies Center (CRAL)

Founded in 1983, the Center for Research on Arts and Language (CRAL) (UMR8566) brings together researchers from the CNRS and the EHESS, who work on the arts, language and aesthetics. The Center includes literary scholars, art historians, musicologists, philosophers, linguists, sociologists of art and literature, who take an interdisciplinary approach to their work.

Contact: Information CRAL

Opening hours: Not specified.

Access: Not specified.

Borrowing: Not specified.



Center for Interdisciplinary Solidarity, Societies, Territories in Social Anthropology (LISST-CAS)

The Documentation Center holds roughly 6000 reference works, 400 theses / dissertations and a number of periodicals, four of which are in current circulation. The Center specializes in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Subjects covered by the collections include: Economics; Human/Social Systems, Politics, Religion, Technology, Nature and the Environment; Health and Medicine; Art; Migration; Memory and Heritage; Rural and Urban Studies, and other more recent topics of research interest. The Center has a substantial collection of oral history documents (mainly folktales) and collections dedicated to folklore, and folk arts and traditions.

The Center is in the process of digitizing its collections, which are / will be available on the Sudoc and Archipel catalogues.

Contact: Bénédicte Bonnemason

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-7pm.

Access: Not specified.

Borrowing: Not specified.



Claude Lévi-Strauss Library (LAS) Collège de France / Partner Library to the EHESS

Created in 1960, at the same time as the Social Anthropology Lab (LAS), the Claude-Lévi Strauss Library, formerly the Bibliothèque d'antropologie sociale, was originally conceived as a research tool. Today, there are three sections to the collection: Print, Archives, and the Comparative Ethnology Documentation Center, which holds the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). The Print section holds around 30,000 documents including: key reference works, specialist donations from researchers’ personal libraries, and 400 periodicals, 200 of which are in current circulation, as well as 22,000 articles. The Archives Section, created in 1990, preserves the work of ethnologists who are deceased or retired. It holds 23 donated institutional or scientific archives.

The Library also houses the paper copies of the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). This database catalogues documents according to both geography and themes thus enabling highly detailed comparative research.

Contact: Sophie Assai 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm. Closed during school holidays at Christmas and the month of August.

Access: The library is open to researchers and Master's and more advanced students. To consult the archives, please make an appointment with Sophie Assai.

Borrowing: On-site consultation only.



Colonial and Contemporary Brazil Studies Center (CRBC)

The CRBC houses documentation relating to Brazil covering the following topics: Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Development, History, Literature and Education. Documents are mainly in Portuguese (Pb) but also in French and English. The Center currently houses 2886 documents and theses. It includes collections of works donated by researchers and former doctoral students.

Contact : Dominique Duchanel

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, by appointment.

Access: Free-access to all.

Borrowing: Documents can be borrowed. Theses are available for on-site consultation only.



Demography and Social History Center (LaDéHiS-CRH)

Created as a result of the initiative by Jacques Dupâquier in 1976, the Library houses a large number of documents relating to Demography and Social History. The collection is aimed at researchers, professors and students working on an area linked to Demography (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Math, etc.) The Library holds 3,500 titles (books, national and international periodicals, antiquarian 18th-19th century books, manuscripts, microfiches and microfilms). In terms of documentation relating to the Social History of Modern and Contemporary France, the library also holds several collections of grey literature, collections from laboratory archives and collaborative research, as well as a substantial collection of digital resources such as databases, images, maps and plans of mainland France and Paris, etc.

Contact: Francine Filoche; Maroula Sinarellis

Opening hours: Due to the regulations prohibiting the access of members of the public to the 5th floor of the EHESS building, readers wishing to consult the collection are asked to contact one of the librarians.

Access: Not specified.

Borrowing: On-site consultation, by appointment, only.