Institute in Paris

Our library

A wide range of on- and off-site study resources and facilities.

Our library

A wide range of on- and off-site study resources and facilities.

You will benefit from access to a wide range of study resources and facilities, including several libraries, electronic information services, and computing facilities.

The University of London Institute in Paris Library is located on the first floor. It is the primary source of support and research material for students and staff, offering subject-specific resources and access to dozens of electronic databases. You will also have access to both the University of London and Queen Mary University of London online libraries.

The ULIP Library also offers a comfortable, welcoming and secure space for study, research, work and interaction. Our Head of Library is on-hand to introduce you to the facilities and services available, and to point you in the right direction towards any off-site provision. You will be introduced to the library facilities and services before commencing studies.

Learning facilities include:

  • traditional silent reading areas
  • bookable areas for group study
  • printing, scanning and photocopying facilities
  • computer area

Opening hours

Currently, the library has adapted its facilities to meet COVID-19 mitigation standards, with reduced seating capacity and PPEs available onsite. Please check the latest information about access conditions with the Head of Library


This service is available during term times:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm

Library Entry

Use your ID card to access the Library*

  • Monday to Friday: 8 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday 8 am – 6:30 pm (the hours are subject to change in the summer period)

*Note the building is closed on Sundays and during French Public Holidays and over the Christmas, Easter and Summer periods. See term dates.

Libraries off-site in Paris

Registered students benefit from access to a number of libraries in Paris. The city offers an extensive choice of public and institutional libraries, as well as specialist collections, which can complement your studies. Several general and specialist university, public, and private libraries are within close proximity to ULIP, and many have substantial holdings in English.

Through the University of London Institute in Paris Library, postgraduate students can gain access to the American Library in Paris, which is within walking distance.

Other Parisian libraries of interest include:

  • Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Sainte Geneviève
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)
  • Bibliothèque Publique d’Information in the Pompidou Centre

Please consult the Head of Library for more information.

Senate House Library, University of London

You can also make use of the Senate House Library should you find yourself in London. All University of London students are entitled to physical and remote access to the Senate House Library, one of the largest humanities and social science libraries in the UK. It has been actively developed since 1870 and now holds around two million titles and receives about 5,500 current periodical titles.

ULIP students should consult with the Head of Library regarding remote access. Visit the Senate House Library catalogue.

Doctoral and Visiting Fellow Affiliate Membership

The University of London Institute in Paris invites doctoral students and colleagues working in areas broadly related to those of its research faculty and taught programmes to become affiliate members of the Institute during a period of research or residency in Paris and gain access to our research resources. To find out more, please read the Affiliate Membership summary document.

The library is your place to work and research, and your access point to information available throughout the University of London, Paris and beyond. With enough tenacity and imagination, we can make anything happen.

Kim Le Minh
Head of Library, IT and Facilities


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via our web form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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