Claude Lévi-Strauss Library

Bibliothèque Claude Levi-Strauss

(Social Anthropology laboratory)


The library was founded along with the laboratory in 1960, by Claude Lévi-Strauss. Its collections cover all fields of anthropology as well as related fields (sociology, history, pre-history and archaeology, linguistics, psychology and psychoanalysis, folk traditions and oral literature).

It has been enriched over the years by the collections of Robert Hertz, Georges Devereux, Michel de Certeau, Isac Chiva, Ariane Deluz and Jean Pouillon, bringing together books, numerous offprints and archives.

The library houses a paper copy of the Human Relations Area Files, a system of research, analysis, classification and filing of ethnographic data.

Access conditions

Access limited to researchers, higher education professors and student of Master’s level and above.

Services available

On-site consultation, photocopies, information by post or telephone.
Online bibliographic research.

Periodicals are listed in the SUDOC.

The library participates in the ethnology network.

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5.30 p.m.
Closed during the month of August and during the Christmas and spring school holidays.


52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75231 PARIS CEDEX 05
Staircase A, 2nd floor
Tel.: +33 1 44 27 17 46
Fax: +33 1 44 27 17 66