Detailed information about measures at EPFL Library during the sanitary crisis is updated on go.epfl.ch/coronavirus-library.
■ Opening hours and access
EPFL Library and the Rolex Learning Center are open every day from 7am to midnight (excluding 1st August and 25th December) and accessible to limited mobility persons. Due to COVID-19, the librarians only provide services to the public from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm:
- help and support
- borrowing reserved and ordered documents
- borrowing DVDs, clickers, video games and consoles
Rolex Learning Center
Allée de Savoie
then follow the road which leads to the parking lots
Coordinates : N 46.518394, E 6.568469
If you have any questions about citation, plagiarism, documentary research or just need some information, contact the Library virtual desk. We will answer you within 24 hours (working days).
Telephone and email permanence: 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm, mon-fri
Contact: 021 693 21 56, [email protected]
■ Live occupancy rate
To know the occupancy rate of the Library in real time, download the application Affluences.
■ Access the collections
Anybody who is registered at the Library, or in the SLSP network, may borrow documents on site by using the self-service loan stations. Online collections (periodicals, ebooks and databases) are accessible remotely for EPFL members using VPN. External users can access these resources at the Library. It is also possible to reserve and order documents.
■ Online registration
The EPFL Library is a university library and a public library. It is necessary to be registered in order to benefit from the services and collections.
Online registration at the Library is free of charge. The user account of the EPFL Library also allows you to borrow documents in the SLSP network.
The library card gives you access to all the libraries of the SLSP network.
EPFL employees and students
Your CAMIPRO card is also your library card.
External users and individuals
A personal and non-transferable SLSP card can be provided to you free of charge at the library desk. You also have the possibility to associate another card with barcode when you register online.
On registration, SLSP imports your personal data (names, addresses, telephone numbers) from your SWITCH edu-ID account into your reader account. Your consent to your data being passed on to SLSP is obtained during the registration process.
You can change your personal data at any time in your SWITCH edu-ID account. The changes are automatically transmitted to swisscovery. Library specific data such as borrowed media, orders and fees are recorded directly in swisscovery.
You can delete your user account at any time, provided that there are no open transactions (borrowed media or fees). To do this, delete your SWITCH edu-ID account or contact SLSP via [email protected].
Transaction data is regularly anonymized and accounts in swisscovery are deleted after 10 years of inactivity.
EPFL Library provides its users with 860 seated work places in quiet and silent areas.
Please store your belongings in the lockers freely available in the basement of the building, at your disposal for daily use.
Scooters can be locked outside on dedicated supports.
During the revision period (January and June), in order to comply huge affluence, additional work places are temporarily installed in the Library and the Rolex Learning Center. The Forum is open and rooms are also available for students on EPFL campus.
Main floor collections
The Library provides its users with various computer equipment detailed hereunder, as well as:
- loan terminals to borrow publications yourself
- mobile terminals to recharge your devices
- a station to charge smartphones and laptops
- flipcharts and felt pen kits that can be borrowed from the Library counter, as well as free access to flipchart paper throughout the Rolex Learning Center
- audio headphones and small computer equipment available for borrowing at the Library desk
On these computers, you can use standard office suites (Office 2016, Libre Office 5.x), Adobe Reader DC, 7-Zip, Flash Player, PrimoPDF (for generating PDF documents) and VLC.
For the visitors
Free-access terminals enable one to do some research on the internet and to use the standard office tools. The access points are marked beside the station. Data can be saved onto a USB flash drive.
Printing is possible by requesting a visitor’s card (“bibguest”) from a Library desk and providing a form of ID. The rates are set out on this page. We appreciate it when our visitors promptly bring back these cards after use.
For the EPFL members
The EPFL members have free-access use of the terminals (as do the visitors) or they can opt for authentication with their usual login at the other stations.
Printing is possible with the myPrint system.
The Library provides a range of digitisation equipment free of charge to its users. Use is free and does not require authentication.
- Book scanners :
- These devices are specially conceived for digitising books and other related documents, with a thickness of up to 150 mm. They have functionalities such as automatic framing, elimination of black borders, finger masking and book curvature correction. The A2 scanner allows digitisation of large documents such as newspapers, drawings or maps.
- Flatbed scanner :
- This scanner is set up on a PC that the user can access. Software is available for editing, compression or other work.
- Multifuncion copiers :
- These devices make specifically digitisation possible. They are efficient for flat documents or sheaves of separate sheets that can be inserted into the loader.
|i2s e-scan open system||Epson||Canon||Canon||Canon|
Black and white
Black and white
|Emplacement||Enseignement||Sciences et Techniques||Enseignement||Enseignement||Sciences et Techniques|
[mm × mm]
|560 × 400||420 × 297 (A3)||420 × 297 (A3)||420 × 297 (A3)||420 × 297 (A3)|
|Résolution [dpi]||200 / 400||600 / 1200 (
|File formats||PDF (image only or searchable)
|PDF (image only)
TIFF, JPEG, BMP
|PDF (image only or searchable), TIFF, JPEG||PDF (image only or searchable), TIFF, JPEG||PDF (image only or searchable), TIFF, JPEG|
|Output||USB||USB or email||USB or Email (EPFL)||USB or Email (EPFL)||USB or Email (EPFL)|
|Software||N/A||Acrobat (searchable PDF), GIMP,…||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Manual||e-scan||Guide MyPrint||Guide MyPrint||Guide MyPrint|
The library has a microfiche and microfilm reader-printer which is located in the basement of the “Sciences et Techniques” (Science and Technology) area. The cost of printing is 10 cents/sheet.
Negotiations and Open Access agreements update
In the frame of the Swiss national strategy on Open Access, transformative agreements Read & Publish have been signed with the publishers Taylor & Francis, and Cambridge University Press. Another agreement, supporting Open Access, has been signed with Scientific.net. However, the negotiations led by swissuniversities will continue with Wiley, as no agreement has yet been reached.
You can now borrow architectural journals!
Architectural journals (call numbers PER5000 to PER5338) located on the main floor (published in the last ten years) and in the basement of the Library (published previously) can now be borrowed for renewable 3-day period.