Visit the archives

    Practical advice and information for your visit


    IMEC collections are open to any individual carrying out an academic, editorial, artistic, audio-visual, dramaturgical research project.
    To obtain research accreditation, you first have to complete a pre-registration form. An email providing all practical information you need to plan your visit will be automatically sent after your request is approved by our visitor orientation service.
    You will need to book your seat in the reading room in advance. A letter from your research director or publisher, or any other official document certifying your bona fides should be provided to the reading room attendant.
    The orientation service provides assistance. Please contact us for more detailed information and specific policies regarding access and the use of collections.

    General Permissions

    The general terms and conditions of use and reproduction of documents are determined by the IMEC in accordance with applicable law. This legislative framework and the special conditions in the agreements with depositors and copyright owners determine the use of the archives under IMEC responsibility.
    For further details, please read the “terms and conditions for access” in the descriptive entries of the collections.

    Specific Permissions

    Correspondence: Access to general or private correspondence requires the prior written agreement of the writer of the letter or its copyright owners. Permission to read does not give you permission to cite. The orientation service can assist you in this process.


    Documents can only be accessed in the reading room of the abbey and only documentary unit. Only pencils and laptop computers are allowed. All personal belongings (bags, briefcases, jackets, coats, handbags, mobile phones, etc.) should be stored in the lockers provided at the entrance of the library. IMEC letterhead paper is provided. Documents should be requested in advance to the orientation service. On site, request slips are taken at 10:30am and 2:30pm. The number of items called for is not limited.



    A limited number of photocopies of printed materials is provided at a cost of €0.30 per page.
    Copy requests are submitted to the Director of collections. Copy requests for complete files will not be honoured. In accordance with applicable law, the reproduction of unpublished materials is conditional upon the agreement of the author or copyright owner. To reproduce any publication, please contact the Imec-Images service.


    Readers in residence at the abbey can borrow up to 5 books from IMEC collections for a one-day period, which may be extended.

    Office in Paris

    The office is open, by appointment, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can access inventories and make your reading requests.

    Researchers in residence

    After registering for the library through the orientation service, please contact the residence office for residence registration. A personal information form will then be sent by email, fax or mail.
    Catering services are open from Tuesday noon to Friday noon. Non-resident readers who want to have lunch at the abbey must mention it when booking their seats in the reading room through the residence office.
    Transfers from Caen train station to Ardenne Abbey can be organised upon request to the residence office, depending on train schedules from and to Paris Saint-Lazare, from Tuesday to Friday.

    Photo de la bibliothèque © Pier Paolo Raffa

    © Pier Paolo Raffa

    © Pier Paolo Raffa

    © Pier Paolo Raffa

    Contacting the Distance Orientation Service

    Open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. ‑ 12:30 p.m.

    Phone: (+33) 02 31 29 52 33 or

    Library hours


    • Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. ‑ 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday 9:30 a.m. ‑ 5:00 p.m.

    Annual Shutdown:

    • One week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
    • Bank holidays
    • Ascension weekend
    • Last 2 weeks in September for stocktaking

    Contacting the Residence Office

    Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Phone: (+33) 02 31 29 52 46 or

    Contacting the Office in Paris

    Consulting inventories by appointment on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
    4 avenue Marceau
    75008 Paris
    Phone: (+33) 01 53 34 23 23 or

    Library Prices

    • €4 a day
    • €15 a week
    • €40 a year

    Residence Prices

    • Residence package (including room, breakfast, lunch and dinner): €50
    • Lunch (for non-residents): €12.50
    • Shuttle services: €5