Rare books

The Library’s collection of old books, divided into 3 collections, is made up of books, monographs, periodicals and maps published between the 15th century and the start of the 20th century.

The collection of valuable books, with more than 560 titles (around 1,000 volumes), illustrates the fields of history and of philosopy of science, and especially scientific works of Swiss authors.
This collection can be viewed under supervised conditions (see terms and conditions herein).

In order to view a publication, an appointment must be made at the following address:
questions.bib@epfl.ch.

The 20th century collection comprises monographs and periodicals in various fields such as architecture, mathematics, chemistry or astronomy. Old patents are also to be found there.

This collection can be viewed on-site. Documents may not be borrowed.

In order to view a publication, contact the librarian at the Sciences et Techniques (Science and Technology) desk.

The collection of old maps brings together the Dufour and Siegfried topographic maps, as well as a varied selection of maps, mainly Swiss.

Link to the Maps and Geodata page