Rare books and PLUME digital library

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.

Discover PLUME, the EPFL digital library of old documents illustrating the fields of history and philosophy of science. Thousands of images of 15th, 16th and 17th century works can be viewed and downloaded freely.

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:

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