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.

Printed books at the EPFL Library

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 housed in the basement of the library.

Ebooks at EPFL

The EPFL Library provides access to numerous ebooks in the scientific fields (e.g. chemistry, informatics, mathematics…).

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

Ebooks at UNIL

The Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire (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 specific 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 Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire (BCU) also offers numerous bibliographic databases, particularly in the field of criminal sciences.

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 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. Access to the Gray Literature Database.


The Library provides specific customised training, one-to-one or class-based.

Training modules integrated to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are organized on the advanced search for information, citation, and information management tools.


Publications and Research Data

The website “Open Science at UNIL” provides various information about the Open Access and the Research Data Management at the University of Lausanne. You can also find there the contact persons for these questions.

The Lausanne Academical Server (SERVAL) is the institutional repository of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the CHUV. The publications of the researchers of these two institutions are preserved and available in open access.

Your liaison librarian:

Delphine Margot Descombes

Delphine Margot Descombes

Collection development specialist
RLC D1 220