Practical information

The EPFL Library and the Rolex Learning Center are open to the public every day from 7am to midnight. As public and academic library: spaces, collections and facilities are accessible to all.

 

   Contact, opening hours and access

+41 21 693 21 56
[email protected]

Hotline: 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm, mon-fri
We will answer you within 24 hours (working days).

        

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. The librarians provide services to the public from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm:

  • help and support
  • borrowing reserved and ordered documents
  • borrowing DVDs, clickers, video games and consoles

EPFL Bibliothèque
Rolex Learning Center
Station 20
CH-1015 Lausanne

Allée de Savoie
1024 Ecublens
then follow the road which leads to the parking lots
Coordinates : N 46.518394, E 6.568469

 

   Library registration

To register at the Library, you must register at swisscovery: a platform that brings together scientific resources from 475 libraries in Switzerland, making hundreds of millions of printed and electronic documents easily accessible.

Registration is free and only takes a few minutes online.

Online registration

To borrow, reserve and order documents on site or in swisscovery, request interlibrary loans (ILL), request digitizations, access reader account, etc.

Reader account access

To consult and extend your loans, manage your requests, your personal information, etc.

Browse swisscovery

The swisscovery documents are accessible directly from the BEAST catalog.

 

Registration help

Please note: if you do not have an EPFL email address, or if you are an ALUMNI, follow the procedure dedicated to non-EPFL members.

  1. Go to https://registration.slsp.ch/?iz=epfl&lang=en and click on “Start registration”.

  2. You must have a SWITCH edu-ID account to continue the registration. If you already have a SWITCH edu-ID account (for example if you use SWITCH drive), please log in. Otherwise, click on “Create an account”.



  3. As EPFL member, you have an AAI account.
    To create your SWITCH edu-ID account manually, choose the organization “EPFL – EPF Lausanne” by scrolling down the list in the “Create with AAI” block.

  4. Log in with your GASPAR credentials in the EPFL window.

  5. Once the AAI connection has been made (with your GASPAR credentials), you are redirected to the creation of your SWITCH edu-ID account. A form is already pre-filled with your personal information. You have to finish completing it.
    Your CAMIPRO card number is automatically added when you register. It is not necessary to enter it as a barcode.
  6. You are redirected to the SLSP registration in order to finalize the authentication. The information is imported and you just have to accept the conditions.


  7. Your registration is now complete !

You can now connect to swisscovery (directly from BEAST catalog) network with your SWITCH-edu-ID and borrow documents at the Library automatic loan terminals with your CAMIPRO card.

  1. Go to https://registration.slsp.ch/?iz=epfl&lang=en and click on “Start Registration”.
  2. You must have a SWITCH edu-ID account in order to continue the registration. If you already have a SWITCH edu-ID account, please log in. Otherwise, click on “Create an account”.


  3. If you are a member of an academic community: you may already have an AAI account. To create your SWITCH edu-ID account, choose your organization by scrolling down the list in the “Create with AAI” block.
    If not, create your account by clicking on “Create without AAI”.
  4. You are redirected to the creation of your SWITCH edu-ID account. Fill in all the information requested in the form.
  5. Validate your email address, and click on “Continue to SLSP registration service”.



  6. Finally, associate your old library card with your new SLSP account. To proceed, add your library card number in the corresponding field.
    Librarians are at your disposal to help you when you come to borrow documents on site.



  7. Your registration is now complete!

You can now connect to swisscovery (directly through the BEAST catalog) network with your SWITCH-edu-ID and borrow documents at the Library automatic loan terminals with your reader card.

Important information

The library card gives you access to all the swisscovery libraries.

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.

Further information on data protection are available on the SLSP website.

The EPFL Library rules apply to all registered users. It is also important to be aware of the borrowing terms and conditions, as well as the fees for the services.

FAQ

Users without a Swiss postal address can also create a SWITCH edu-ID account.

The Library does not use the CAMIPRO card number. The barcode automatically added in SLSP corresponds to the CAMIPRO card barcode, not the number. It is therefore normal for the barcode added in SLSP to be different from the CAMIPRO card number.

If you are an external user, you have the possibility to indicate your library card number when registering. If you are an EPFL member, the number of your CAMIPRO card is automatically registered when you register.

No, it is not necessary to come to the Library desk to validate your registration. Your telephone number is verified during registration.

The SLSP-Courier is a service that allows you to have books delivered from one library to another within 48 hours for a fee of CHF 6.00 per media ordered. This service is free of charge when the collection is made at the EPFL Library.

 

   Access on-site and online collections

Anybody who is registered at the Library, or in the one of the swisscovery libraries may borrow documents on site by using the self-service loan stations.

Online collections (journals, 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.

 

   Discover the Library on site and online

Explore the Library on site or remotely and discover its spaces, collections and services.

“Star Wars : An EPFL Library Story” parodies

Come aboard the Millennium Falcon and let your favorite characters reveal all the secrets of the EPFL Library.

“Library mystery” tour

Discover the spaces of the Library by investigating the identity of the mystery character whether you are on site, or online!

 

   On-site workspaces

EPFL Library provides its users with 860 individual and group seated work places in quiet and silent areas.

To know the occupancy rate of the Library in real time, download the application Affluences.
 
 
 

Ten meeting rooms are accessible by reservation to EPFL/UNIL students and EPFL staff on weekdays from 8am to 6pm and without reservation outside these hours.

During the revision periods (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 Rolex is open and rooms are also available for students on EPFL campus.
More information

Maurice, the famous Library mascot, often swims in the Library during revision periods. Maurice, as real flying shark and security guard, reminds the students some of the Library rules of behavior…
Watch Maurice’s videos

In order not to clutter up the spaces, 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.

The Rolex Learning Center functions as a laboratory for learning, a library and an international cultural hub. You will also find restaurants and shops on site.

 

   Facilities

Computers

All computers in the library are free of charge. The workstations dedicated to documentary research do not require authentication. The other computers are accessible with a GASPAR authentication (EPFL members) or with a visitor ID, indicated directly on the machine.

  • Office 2016
  • Libre Office 5.x
  • Adobe Reader DC
  • 7-Zip
  • Flash Player
  • PrimoPDF
  • VLC

Printers, copiers and scanners

Canon MyPrint User Guide

These devices can print, copy and scan. They are effective for flat documents or bundles of separate sheets that can be inserted in the feeder.

Usage: CAMIPRO card (EPFL members), MyPrint visitor account or Bibguest card (external users)
Locations: Teaching Collection, Sciences and Techniques
Maximum size: 420 mm × 297 mm (A3)
Resolution: 100 to 600 dpi
File formats: PDF (with text recognition) TIFF, JPEG
Saving: USB or e-mail

I2S eScan User Guide

These devices are specially designed to scan books and other bound documents in color, up to 150 mm thick. They have features such as automatic cropping, black edge removal, finger masking and curvature correction. The A2 scanner allows the scanning of large documents such as newspapers, drawings or maps.

Usage: Free and open source
Locations: Teaching Collection and basement
Maximum size: 560 mm × 400 mm
Resolution: 200 to 600 dpi
File formats: PDF (with text recognition), TIFF, JPEG
Saving: USB

EPSON User Guide

This scanner is installed on a PC accessible by the user. Software is available for editing, compression or other work.

Usage: free of charge
Location: Basement
Maximum format: 420 mm × 297 mm (A3)
Resolution: up to 12’800 dpi
File formats: PDF (without text recognition) TIFF, JPEG, BMP
Saving: USB or e-mail
Editing software: Gimp, Acrobat Pro

ScanPro 3000 User’s Guide

Usage: free of charge
Location: Basement
Format: standard
Zoom: x 7 – 105
File formats: PDF with text recognition only for single page documents, TIFF, JPEG, PNG
Saving: USB or e-mail
Software: Gimp, Acrobat Pro

ScanPro 3000 User’s Guide

Usage: free of charge
Location: Basement
Formats: 16 or 35 mm
Zoom: x 7 – 105
File formats: PDF with text recognition only for single page documents, TIFF, JPEG, PNG
Saving: USB or e-mail
Software: Gimp, Acrobat Pro

Other facilities

  • 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

Contact

[email protected]


+41 21 693 21 56