Supernova, search engine for the libraries' documentary collections,whether printed (on the shelves) or online.

Direct URL

To add Supernova to your browser favourites, use the direct URL:


Supernova searches:

  • in the Rennes 1 library catalogue (books, ebooks, journals),
  • in the databases and online journals that Rennes 1 subscribes to (journal articles, ebook chapters, etc.)
  • in some open access library resources.

So you can find:

  • books, journals, thesis, physically available in Rennes 1 libraries,
  • but also ebooks, scientific articles from the many journals and databases to which the university has subscribed and from open access sources.
You can also browse the databases directly from the website, Online resources section. Some resources are not (or barely) covered by Supernova. On the website, the filter “In Supernova” allows you to know which resources are covered in full or not

Supernova: the interactive tutorial in french!

Too many results?

The "In Rennes 1 libraries" facet allows you to display only what is present on the library shelves.
So you can exclude online articles and some of the ebooks, even if some ebooks may still appear once this facet has been selected.

"biblionumber" error message

You must imperatively log in to your library account first before clicking on the "BU Drive" link, otherwise you will encounter a "biblionumber" error message.

Erreur biblionumber In this case, go back, log in to your library account and then, once again search Supernova for the item you would like to borrow.

Access the full text

Supernova allows you to directly access the full text of articles and ebooks found.
Then, you can :

  • view them online
  • download them when the publisher’s platform offer this feature.


Pointing to a resource with the perennial URL

Would you like to transmit a link to a resource found in Supernova?

Please note that the URL given in the address bar of your search engine is not permanent and will not allow your contact person to find the targeted resource.

You can retrieve the long-lasting URL in the detailed record of the resource, in the right-hand column:

Supernova-URL pérenne