Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
A 30-year closure period applies to most documents that are not purely scientific or technical; this applies, for example, to files containing administrative documents and correspondence as well as scientific material. See more information on access rules
No, the CERN Archive contains around 1,000 shelf metres of files and boxes filled with letters, notes, reports, rough drafts, and other non-standard and fragile documents, very few of which have been digitised. However, some have been made available on the CERN Document Server (CDS) along with the Library’s extensive collection of old CERN reports. Some useful online CERN’s historical documents
Yes, simply write "Library" as recipient on the envelope.
You can borrow books at the Library desk (bldg. 52-1-052, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) with your CERN card.
Or, you can request books online on the CERN Document Server (CDS) : search for the book, click on 'CERN Library copies' and then 'Request'. The books will be delivered by internal mail to your office.
Interlibrary loans can usually be renewed. Reply to the recall email you receive at the end of the loan period and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
There is no maximum. Borrow as many as you want!
Access to the CERN site is only possible for people with a valid access card.
Some journals request page charges when a manuscript exceeds the standard length or has colour figures. All such charges are carried by the group/department of the author. The Scientific Information Service can only cover author processing charges (APC) for open access.
The CERN Archive contains historical records from the early 1950s up to the present day, covering all aspects of the Organization’s work. It includes letters, memos, reports, notes and other documents created or received in the course of CERN's activities.