Criminal sciences (UNIL ESC)

at EPFL Library

Although the School of Criminal Sciences is part of the University of Lausanne, most of its printed books are stored and can be borrowed here at the EPFL Library. You can find them in the BEAST catalog. If you cannot find the document on-site, you may be able to locate it in one of the 470 libraries in Switzerland in swisscovery and order it directly online. You can also request the interlibrary loan (ILL) service.

  • Most of the prin books of the School of Criminal Sciences (UNIL) are stored and can be borrowed at the EPFL Library. The eBooks on criminal sciences for their part are made available to you by the BCU.
  • At the EPFL Library you will find numerous books on criminology and forensic science. The most recent ones are housed in the Sciences et Société (Science and Society) area, in particular by call number 343 and its several subdivisions (for example: 343.8: sentencing and punishments, or 343.9: criminology). Other books in the same fields are in housed the basement of the library.


In order to access them, you must be connected to the EPFL computer network.


The BCU also offers a wealth of eBooks in the field of criminal sciences. Go onto Renouvaud to access same, via the UNIL computer network.

On this page you will find explanations on how to procure a specfic article for which you already have the reference, and on the other hand on how to find references of articles published in the field of criminal sciences.

Have you found an interesting article?

  • Go into BEAST catalog, our database, and access the full text directly! You must be connected to the EPFL computer network then.
  • Go onto Renouvaud, and search for the title of the journal in which the article was published. You must be connected to the UNIL computer network then.

How to start searching?

To start, we suggest you search in the EPFL multidisciplinary databases:

Therefore you must be connected to the EPFL computer network.

For example, type forensic* or crim* as the subject. You will get a heap of results that you can refine by field (see the left-hand column in the database). Other EPFL databases, more specialised, will be of use to you too:

  • COMPENDEX on the Engineering Village platform (chemistry, multidisciplinary resources)
  • Reaxys (chemistry)

The Cantonal and University Library (BCU) also offers numerous bibliographic databases, particularly in the following fields:

Most of the Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations as well as seminars held at the School of Criminal Sciences (UNIL) are stored at the EPFL Library. You can find them in the basement. They can be borrowed like the other books.

Forensic Science

Selected Bachelor and Master’s dissertations are available in the Library in the form of volumes relating to different subjects (fingerprints, firearms, microtraces etc.). These volumes and the dissertations that they contain can be found in our search tool BEAST catalog and can be borrowed for 4-week periods (according to our usual borrowing terms and conditions).


The Master’s dissertations are arranged by call number “DIP”.

Scientific Police

You will find numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations and seminars grouped in thematic volumes entitled “Publications”. Example:

These works are also referenced individually in BEAST. Example:

Numerous reports and publications are accessible free of charge on government sites and on the sites of international organisations selected here. You will also find links to websites of other libraries offering resources in criminal sciences.

Government sites


The federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation: many topical issues (in particular those of the federal Department of Justice and Police), publications, facts and figures (including some issued by the federal Office of Police)

Canton of Vaud: access to all of the Vaud legislation, and to statistics inter alia in the area of criminality.


Bundeskriminalamt : access to several publications including statistics reports.

United States

United States Department of Justice: acces to a wealth of publications, reports and statistics.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation: access to a wealth of publications, reports and statistics.

International organisations

United Nations: access to numerous UN publications, in particular on the topic of criminality.

ODS provides access to all the official documentation of the UN (since 1993). See also: the site of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Council of Europe, the main organisation for the defence of human rights on the continent. Access to free documentation.

Other libraries and universities

Cantonal and University Library, Lausanne. Access to numerous electronic resources in the field of criminal sciences (EBooks, databases, periodicals).

Criminal Justice Library, Rutgers University Newark Law Library. Accès à la la Gray Literature Database.