Documents available at the BU Centre [Center Library]

Subject areas and topics covered at the library

 BU Centre [Center Library] bookshelves
  1. Access
  2. North wing
  3. South wing
  4. Online resources
  5. Old books


Everyone can consult documents on the spot and free of charge. In the reading rooms, the documents have a 10-year maximum age limit. After this time, they are put in storage and are available on request from the storeroom document collection point.

An exception is made for journals in room G: some very popular titles exceed the 10-year age limit. Amongst other documents, law students will find complete sets of the Dalloz collection and the Semaine juridique (JCP) - General Edition journal in this room.

North wing

  • Economics: Rooms B and C
  • Management: Room D
  • Non-specialized press and most frequently read economic journals ( the most recent years): "Espace Presse [Press Room]" and room B
  • Careers guidance: Room A - Careers guidance (SOIE)

The SOIE Careers guidance service is housed in the library. You will find information about careers, setting out your personal and professional goals, and starting out in the world of work.
A wide range of library resources is available devoted to careers and jobs, and also to preparing for competitive exams.

  • Languages - dictionaries and courses: Room A - Careers guidance (SOIE)

Students on the Centre Campus also have access to SCELVA language resource centres.

South wing

  • Introduction to law, international law, public law, etc. and political science: patio
  • Private law and criminology: room F
  • Related subject areas (IT, philosophy, sociology, history, etc.): room H (1st floor)
  • Public and regional administration: room I (1st floor)
  • Most frequently read legal and political science journals, in alphabetical order of title (most recent years): room G

Older documents, some journals, theses and dissertations can be requested at the storeroom document collection point, located in the library hall.


Online resources

The documents on offer at the library go beyond its shelves — find out about online resources!

Old books

Approximately 8,000 works, including 2,000 spanning the 16th century to 1815, and 8 incunabula. This initially multidisciplinary collection, from Rennes Academic library (covering the fields of law, economics, literature, history and religion), was opened up to other works, i.e.:

  • 1,770 works from 1801 to 1830,
  • 3,970 from 1831 to 1914,
  • and other brochures and offprints.

They include University of Rennes 1 library manuscripts, for instance:

  • 247 manuscripts listed in the French General Catalogue of Public Library Manuscripts (accessible via the joint French catalogue Catalogue Collectif de France and the online higher education archive and manuscript catalogue Calames),
  • 453 others that have been listed but not processed (François Duine collection, including items from Lamennais and George Sand). A certain number of documents still need to be filed and listed — Joseph Loth, Dottin, Larguillère, Feuillerat, Dupuy, and various letters.

You can consult old books on the spot when the library is open (they must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes).
To consult old books in the libraries on a Saturday, remember to make a prior request by email or in person.

  1. Check whether the book is available online in digital format: Gallica, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Europeana, or Medic@. You will not receive the hard copy, except if specifically required.
  2. Fill in a request form, available at the library reception.
  3. You must leave your student card, library card or proof of identity while you consult the documents.

Some works, manuscripts or journals cannot be given out for conservation reasons (documents in poor condition or too rare and precious). Documents dated before 1920 are not available for loan. Microfilms can only be consulted at the BU Centre [Center Library].