The library of the IFEB (French Institute of Byzantine Studies) is specialized in Byzantine studies:
- history of the Byzantine empire,
- institutions of the Orthodox Church,
- the patriarchate of Constantinople,
- Greek patristics
The Assumptionists founded the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Orientales (School of High Oriental Studies) that later became the Institut Français des Etudes Byzantines (French Institute of Byzantine Studies or IFEB) in Kadikoi, on the Asiatic side of Istanbul. The library, which existed from the beginning, consists of books and journals dedicated to Byzantium, in particular to the history of the Greek Church, the Oriental Churches and Greek patristics. It possesses about sixty Greek and Slavonic manuscripts, a collection of Byzantine seals, a few rare editions and a unique collection of journals from Greece, Asia Minor and various centres of the Greek diaspora around the Mediterranean.
The Jean de Vernon Library is reserved for specialists : teachers, researchers, master students.
21, rue d'Assas
Phone number : 33 (0)1 44 39 84 94
Fax number : 33 (0)1 44 39 52 36
Metro : Rennes or St Placide
Monday : 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday : 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
From Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
July – mid-September:
From Monday to Friday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The library is closed for two weeks during Christmas holidays.
Any changes to opening hours will be announced in advance.
To access the library e-journals, you can use the following tool : Netvibes Boseb-Ifeb
- Most of the documents openly accessible
- Book consultation in the library (no borrowing)
- Photocopying : cards can be purchased from a dispenser located at the entrance of the Fels Library
- Bibliographical information by phone or by email
- Room available for group-work
- Interlibrary loan : P.E.B.
- Workshops on the catalogs, databases and e-journals:
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