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Scientific and heritage collection

  • Electronic resources

    University libraries offer electronic resources covering all scientific disciplines and areas of research at AMU. Some are freely accessible, others are restricted (accessible only by authentication, for the AMU community).

    Over 400 electronic resources are listed here.

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  • The Odyssée digital library

    Odyssée Aix-Marseille University digital heritage library, opened to the public in June 2017.

    It includes over a million digitized pages in the fields of law, literature, economics, health and science, as well as a selection of unique documents from the perspective of local history and the history of Aix-Marseille University. The vast majority of this documentation is in the public domain and can be freely reused, subject to citation.

    The digitization strategy for AMU's heritage documents is defined by a scientific committee set up in 2018. This committee is composed of researchers and librarians from different disciplinary sectors, and co-piloted by the vice-president delegated to scientific culture and the director of AMU libraries.

  • Rare books

    University libraries preserve a rich written heritage, consisting mainly of printed documents, nearly 3,000 manuscripts (currently being catalogued on Calames, the online catalog of higher education archives and manuscripts, and almost all online on Odyssée), as well as a number of historical, scientific and administrative archives. The volume of these collections is estimated at around 62,000 pre-1914 documents. They are held in the stacks of Fenouillères, Schuman law, Medecine and Saint-Charles libraries.

    Some of the oldest documents, both local and colonial, are available on AMU's digital heritage library, Odyssée, in addition to Gallica.

    You can also consult these collections on site under specific conditions: please contact each library.

  • Collections with the CollEx label

    A research area offers free access to research-level documents on two themes: the history of French colonization and the history of the Mediterranean East in the Ottoman period. These collections have been awarded the national label "Collections of Excellence - CollEx".

  • Research and documentation areas

    • A Gao Xingjian Space, the first Chinese-language writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (2000). Developed in partnership with the library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the ERD Gao Xingjian acquires all documentary resources relating to the work of this author.
    • An Espace André Miquel, a specialist in classical Arabic language and literature. This area provides researchers and advanced students with specialized documentation in the field of Arabic studies.
  • Research notebook

    The heritage collections are the subject of regular posts on the research notebook "Conserve, teach, research"dedicated to Aix-Marseille University scientific heritage and the libraries heritage collections.

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