Warning: In this period of COVID-19 pandemic, the CeRIS library is open for justified research purposes and on appointment only

Using the reading room

The reading room is where you can come and spend time in the library and make use of the resources. It is a quiet working space far from the hustle and bustle of the laboratory. It is located on the second floor of the CIS and is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Browsing books on the shelf

The reading room contains the latest books in the scientific fields under study at the Institut Pasteur: microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, etc. It also houses a major collection on the history of life sciences and a collection of scientific films on the Institut Pasteur's research themes.


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The call number determines where an item is stored on the shelfthis number is composed of a series of letters and numbers that provide information about the topic of the book, followed by the first three letters of the first author's last name. For example, you will find the book "Pasteur et Koch" by Annick Perrot and Maxime Schwartz under call number AD41 PER.

Consult the library classification scheme


Services available in the reading room


The reading room regularly hosts exhibitions to showcase the Institut Pasteur's documentary heritage. A recent photo exhibition looked at how the Institut Pasteur campus and buildings have changed over the years since the Institut Pasteur was first set up in 1888.


Some photos from the recent exhibition Institut Pasteur: the metamorphosis of a campus

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Petri dishes

The Calmette and Guérin buildings

Plasmodium under the microscope


See all the CeRIS exhibitions (in French)


The reading room in pictures

Questions & Answers

Does the reading room contain the library's entire collection?

No, only the most recent books are kept in the reading room. The library has a much more extensive collection that is kept in a store in the basement of the building. These items can be brought up immediately on request.

The collection also contains a large number of electronic items. An increasing number of ebooks can be consulted online from the Institut Pasteur workstations.

Are there books that would be of interest for non-scientific staff?

Although the CeRIS collection is a specialized research-level collection, it is possible to find books that are more accessible for non-scientists:

  • a small collection of books and a large collection of scientific DVDs aimed at the general public;

  • a small collection of books selected by the Human Resources Department covering a range of subjects such as leading a project, management and improving your English.

The library also has a subscription to the newspaper Le Monde and to the magazines La Recherche and Pour la Science.

I am a high school student and my compulsory research project is on a subject related to the fields under study at the Institut Pasteur. Can I come and prepare my project at the library?

The CeRIS collection is not suitable for high school presentations or even extended research projects. We would advise you to go to the library at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (in French).

How can I get to the reading room?

You can find directions to the reading room on our Practical information page.

I would like to come with some other students taking Institut Pasteur courses to work together as a group in the library. Is that possible?

The library reading room is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. But the reading room is a quiet workspace. We would suggest that you ask at the library front desk to see whether you can use the adjacent meeting room.




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