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Contemporary Art Library

With 65,640 documents in all (including 51,396 books) and a range of periodicals, Beaux-Arts de Paris library is one of the top French contemporary art libraries. It offers up-to-date documentation on creativity and its context - history of Western and non-Western art, human and social sciences - in order to support students in their learning and artistic projects.  It is also open to a wider public, upon request. The heart of the collection consists of monographs from the 1960s to the present and more than 500 specialised journals, the primary source for information on young creative activity, current debates and exhibitions. The library also offers entries organised by disciplinary, chronological or geographical field and a remarkable set of collective exhibition catalogues.

The collection is fully referenced in a computerised catalogue that can be consulted on-site or remotely, from the library portal (

This portal also gives access to numerous electronic resources through the PSL Explore and the Specialised Art and Design Resource (B SAD - Base Spécialisée Art et Design) platforms that can be consulted at the library and remotely (password request required). The B SAD is a joint project with contributions from all art school libraries. Founded on the principle of open access to collections, the library provides students with two spaces.


Salle Stratis Andreadis

(where most of the book collections can be accessed)

Open access:

artist monographs from the 20th and 21st centuries, recent catalogues from collectives, Western art history and human sciences collections, “classical” fine art document collections ;

on display: Beaux Arts de Paris teaching and examination panel documentation, class bibliographies, documentation on current trends, new titles (latest acquisitions, latest journal issues).

Certain documents are available on request.


Salle Dorette Karaiossifoglou

Mainly devoted to periodicals, the audiovisual collection and to “themes in art” as well as to pre-20th century artist monographs.

Open access: periodicals (specialised contemporary art journals, cinema, humanities, etc.), the video collection which can be consulted on-site, as well as the DVD collection available on loan, the collection of works focusing on the audiovisual sector (cinema, video), literature and pre-20th century artist monographs.

On request: recordings of cultural programming lectures since 1982 and a VHS collection. The library coordinates the photography of graduation diplomas and carries out the processing, archiving and distribution of these photos of diplomas (photo library made up of diploma photos since 2001, accessible on-site through the library catalogue. Some 4th year student research papers are listed in the catalogue and can be consulted as open access documents in the Stratis Andreadis Room, along with the diploma dissertations of graduate artists on the AIMS (artiste intervenant en milieu scolaire) school programme.


Opening times

Monday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Access conditions: students, teachers and school staff; previous students; people external to Beaux-Arts de Paris who demonstrate a research interest or an interest in contemporary art.

Additional services: photocopiers, printers, scanners (USB key), wifi.

Students can borrow two documents for two weeks, in the following configurations: two books or two DVDs or one book and one DVD. Many works are available on loan from the humanities, history, literature, philosophy, aesthetics and art history collections.

The collection is set to grow. It will still only be possible to consult artist monographs, exhibition catalogues and the “themes in art” in the library (not on-loan).

More than 1,000 DVDs are available on loan: this collection comprises cinema classes and the cultural programme. It also covers contemporary art.

The portal (, which is regularly updated and publishes a monthly news article, offers preferential access to the catalogue, online resources and bibliographies. Library staff are available to assist students in their research.