Address :
190, avenue de France
75013 Paris
Schedules :

Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19:00.

Closed in summer during August 15th's week.
Christmas day until the New Year.


Created by Clemens Heller at the initiative of Fernand Braudel, the library of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme opened its doors at 54 boulevard Raspail in Paris’ 6th arrondissement in 1970.

Its founders wanted to create a research site specialized in the human and social sciences based on inter/pluridisciplinarity with a marked international dimension. The organization of the collections, which are multilingual and available on different supports, was done while respecting the principle that presided over the Fondation’s creation: promote the most innovative and creative research.  The current documentary policy continues to align itself with the main research orientations in the social and human sciences.       

Readers of the library are heavily involved in the library’s works acquisition policy, be it in order to stay abreast of the new research orientations, to directly meet their needs, or to ensure coherence in the collections. Enriching the collections is also achieved thanks to the donation of works:  press departments of scientific journals, large donations from researchers’ personal libraries, and exchanges, namely for works published by Editions de la FMSH.

An actor in the national network SUDOC (Système Universitaire de Documentation), the library has also created a common catalogue with the libraries of the research centers in social and human sciences of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, namely the CESPRA = Centre d'études sociologiques et politiques Raymond Aron, the LaDéHiS = Laboratoire de Démographie et d'Histoire Sociale, the CARE = Centre d'Anthropologie Religieuse Européenne and the GAHOM = Groupe d'Anthropologie Historique de l'Occident Médiéval.

Reception Conditions


The library is open to researchers, French and foreign teachers/researchers,  doctoral and Master students in French and foreign universities or institutions.


Membership can be obtained from the librarians at the reception desk in the reading-room on the 2nd floor of the Fondation (190, avenue de France 75013 Paris). In order to obtain a library card, you must show current proof of professional activities, or a visitor’s card issued by the FMSH or the EHESS, or a valid student card, as well as a photo ID. 

Membership is free of charge and compulsory. The library cards are for personal use only.