Learn or relax? Why choose?
Are you interested in all forms of literature, in the humanities, in music or in the canton de Vaud? Are you looking for information in print or digital format? Are you looking for somewhere to read, work, relax, meet people or ask any questions you may have?
2.4 million materials available at the click of a mouse …
The books and audio CDs that you see in the library are just a small part of our collections! Most materials are actually stored in closed stacks. All of these materials, as well as those stored at the BCUL site Unithèque and site Internef, can be borrowed by a simple request through our catalogue (use the form at the top of the page).
…. and thousands of electronic resources
In addition to print collections, the library also offers access to many specialised electronic academic resources, as well as an even larger collection of novels (from 2014), dictionaries, press, practical publications and much more. You will find these in the « Domaines » menu of our website.
Looking for information about the Canton de Vaud?
Our collection of materials on Lausanne and the canton de Vaud covers all fields of knowledge, all eras, regardless of level or type of media (books, periodicals and DVDs). As well as materials about the canton, our collection includes a rich body of « Valdensia », that is to say all works by native or adoptive citizens of Vaud. Thanks to the legal obligation since 1938 for every Vaud publisher or printer to deposit a copy of each of their publications at the BCUL (legal deposit), our regional collection verges on the exhaustive!
The Documentation vaudoise is also widely available online in our specific databases (on notable figures from the canton de Vaud, municipalities etc.) and digital collections of newspapers accessible through the Scriptorium database.
Are you a music lover?
The BCUL site Riponne hosts particularly rich and extensive musical collections. We have everything from musicology publications to scores, records, DVDs and periodicals.
Classical music, from the Middle Ages to the present day, lies at the heart of our music collection. Jazz, French chanson, world music, film scores and soundtracks, and pedagogical materials are also well represented. In our open-access collections you will also find works of reference and many electronic music resources (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, specialised bibliographies, e-music, directories …). Feel free to browse through more than 107’500 items (41’700 in the open stacks).
Finally, you can explore our collection of music from the canton de Vaud, which covers all genres of music. Would you also like to learn more about a Vaud musician? Welcome to the database of the Vaud musicians.