The Reading Room

As part of our commitment to supporting academic research, the Bibliothèque Humaniste offers support and assistance to researchers.

All items in the library’s collections are available for consultation in the public reading room. Visitors are simply required to sign in upon arrival and abide by the library rules.

This space also contains a range of tools and resources for readers (detailed inventories, specialist dictionaries etc.), along with works relating to humanism, history of the book, the Renaissance and various subjects of local interest. A computer work station provides access to the library’s catalogue and digital resources.

A librarian is always present in the room to assist readers when consulting the books.

The reading room is open subject to reservation. To make a reservation, please contact us at or (+33)3 88 58 07 20.

The Digital Bibliothèque Humaniste

The digital library

In 2009, the Bibliothèque Humaniste set about digitizing some of the most precious items in the collections.

At time of writing, 536 volumes (156 manuscripts and 380 printed tomes) containing 1,253 works, plus the full correspondence of Beatus Rhenanus (265 letters) have been digitized, a total of nearly 250,000 pages.

The online catalogue

The digital catalogue allows users to search the collections of the Bibliothèque Humaniste remotely, while also providing information regarding the works available for consultation in the reading room.


Digital Bibliothèque Humaniste


  • Sur réservation au 03 88 58 07 20
  • Gratuit. Ne donne pas accès aux deux salles d'exposition du musée.
  • Le nombre de lecteurs est limité à 8 personnes.
  • Salle de lecture surveillée par un président de salle, disponible pour tout conseil et aide à la recherche.