Why this guide?
The Livre blanc des études français sur le Moyen-Orient et les mondes musulmans (Paris, September 2014), the first overview of existing documentation, highlighted the wide range of holdings dispersed in numerous French and, in particular, Parisian libraries. This situation does not facilitate the work of students, who tend to work in the library they know best, or of researchers, who have difficulty in locating collections or even knowing about available resources. In recent decades, numerous projects have sought to address this situation: establishment of a new library at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme (MMSH) in Aix-en-Provence with a substantial section dedicated to the Muslim world; constitution of libraries at the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (MOM) and, more recently, the Diderot University Library in Lyon; creation of the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC – University Library of Languages and Civilizations) in Paris, which is part of an ongoing reorganization of available resources in Paris.
This guide provides precise information on research resources available in libraries and mediatheques for students, lecturers and researchers.
Currently, national collective catalogues (SUDOC, University documentation system and CCfr, French Collective Catalogue) do not provide a complete overview of the range of collections in libraries and mediatheques. Not all these resources have been included in digitalized databases, in particular, documents in oriental languages and it is sometimes necessary to consult printed catalogues. In addition, not all references that are cited in local catalogues have been included in SUDOC and there is little information on non-print resources (manuscripts, icon libraries, sound libraries).
CCfr (including catalogues of the Bibliothèque nationale de France – National French Library- French municipal libraries and SUDOC): http://ccfr.bnf.fr/portailccfr/jsp/index.jsp
SUDOC (including university libraries and other advanced education institutions and research centres): http://www.sudoc.abes.fr
CALAMES (manuscripts and archives of universities and advanced education institutions) http://www.calames.abes.fr [searches in English and in French]