Strasbourg's National University Library (Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire) holds more than 3 million documents covering a wide range of fields within humanities and social sciences. It is the country's second largest library in terms of numbers of documents, one of the best collections on Egyptology in Europe, the leading library in higher education, and the biggest supplier of inter-library borrowing for humanities and social sciences in France.
The BNU is renowned nationally and at European level for its collections of documents related to Germanic languages and cultural studies, as well as to religious sciences.
The BNU has a top quality collection of regional (Alsatian) materials. It also holds an excellent collection retracing the history of books and writing (papyrus, medieval manuscripts, early books).
> Access and registration
There is free access to 35 000 books in the reading rooms. The others can be ordered, after looking up the catalogue. Other facilities include photocopying and reading and copying microsheets. Laptops are allowed in the library.
The library also offers an access to more than 8 500 electronic periodicals as well as many data bases and CD ROMs.
Registration is free upon presentation of your Campus Pass. There is a 2€ charge for postage costs.
You can access the catalogue, order books to read in the library or borrow, go through electronic periodicals or digitalised image bases (e.g. images of Alsace, coins and medals, ancient maps of the region, etc.) on the BNU's website: http://www.bnu.fr/BNU/EN/