The collection at the Unithèque site covers teaching and research needs at UNIL on sociology. It provides access to core texts on Western sociology and the main issues in contemporary sociology.

The Unithèque sociology collection includes:

  • introductory works about the discipline
  • methodology and epistemology works
  • texts by the key authors in Western sociology
  • studies related to the main areas of research at UNIL, in particular the Institute of Social Sciences

You have access to our physical resources (printed books, journals and documentary DVDs), via the Renouvaud catalogue. Documents can be read in the library or borrowed.

The open-access collection contains:

  • over 15,000 works classified according to the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), by topic (e.g. sociology of health, sociology of science, sociology of sexuality (from R. Aron to F. Weber)
  • a collection of documentary films (DVD), arranged by topic, is available in the open-access section at the end of the book collection. Portable DVD players can be borrowed from the loans desk for viewing them.

Less popular works are stored in the library’s stacks and need to be ordered from the Renouvaud catalogue .

UNIL academic works: theses in sociology from UNIL can be viewed and borrowed through the Renouvaud catalogue.

Dissertations on sociology are kept by the Manuscripts Department and can be used in the library. The catalogue of UNIL dissertations provides access to the list of dissertations examined since 1949.

Our digital resources (electronic journals and books, and databases) are accessible via the Renouvaud catalogue to all users, from the public computers in the library or remotely, for members of UNIL, by logging in to Crypto.

Main sociology database:


The Manuscripts Department looks after the Vilfredo Pareto collection, which is an exceptional source for research in economic and social history. Bequeathed to the University of Lausanne in 1908, it comprises the manuscript of the Treatise on General Sociology, correspondence (particularly with his student Scalpait) and personal papers. The collection is stored in the stacks and bears an ex-dono with the family’s arms.