Created in 1967 by Éric de Dampierre, the library houses valuable and original collections of works and periodicals reflecting the labroatory's comparative and transcultural research orientation. The library is endowed with a general collection of around 35,000 documents, as well as some thirty libraries of researchers or associations deposited over the years.
The library preserves and allows access to more than 30 scientific archive collections, mainly produced by ethnologists between 1930 and 1990. In gathering these archive documents and publications together in a single location, the library enables a unique approach to ethnology and its history.
The Éric-de-Dampierre Library is located on the garden level of the Maison de l'archéologie et de l'ethnologie - René-Ginouvès on University of Paris Nanterre's campus.
The Lecture Hall
The lecture hall has twenty availble seats. Each table is equipped with an electrical outlet and Wi-Fi, allowing access to the Internet and the university's library portal. Photocopies can be made by request to library staff at a cost of 15 cents per page.
Borrowing materials is reserved for laboratory researchers, Ethnology Department research professors, and doctoral and masters students in ethnology at University of Paris Nanterre. It is possible to borrow up to three works less than twenty-years old for a duration of 21 days. Borrowing materials is free.