Searching for an item

Looking for a novel, a graphic novel, a favourite magazine, an article in the press, a photograph, an ancient book, or want to search by topic? Whatever you are looking for, several different spaces are available for you to search for information.

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The library catalogue

This gives you access to all material (books, reviews, DVDs, and CDs) held in our libraries. You can search for items by author, title, subject, or call number. Use the advanced search option to narrow down the results for a more targeted search.

Access the online catalogue

Numelyo, Lyon’s digital library

This gives you access to material by subject and to digital collections: Merovingian and Carolingian manuscripts, illuminated miniatures, prints, photographers from the Rhone-Alpes region, origin trademarks, photographs, Lyon press from 1790 to 1944, posters, Pierre Charnier archives.

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Catalogue of archives and manuscripts

You can access collections of manuscripts including contemporary and musical manuscripts, and archival materials : literature, photographs, politics, culture.... Search each collection: a specific search function is available for each one.

Access the catalogue of archives and manuscripts

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Digital press and magazines

You can access more than 300 weekly and monthly publications on current affairs, politics, culture, sport and leisure, and women’s magazines...


You can access general or subject-specific information (art, social sciences, law, medicine), catalogues from other libraries, and dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Catalogues held in France and abroad