The Gernet-Glotz library is dedicated to ancient history (Classical Antiquity). The field in question encompasses the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman worlds. It includes, in essence, the period from the first millennium B.C. to the 5th century A.D., and the area of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean.
The library owns 50,000 books and 450 journals, 114 of which have active subscriptions.
The main research focuses of the Library are the following :
・Literary sources : philology, editions of Greek and Latin texts, commentaries, Christian sources, papyrology, editions of manuscripts from the Dead Sea.
・Epigraphic sources : Greek and Latin epigraphy, onomastics, prosopography.
・History and anthropology of Greek and Roman societies : political institutions, history of religion, law, ancient philosophy, anthropology, history of gender, and more.
・Ancient iconography : religious and mythological iconography of Greek vases, iconography of social practices.
・Historiography : creation and dissemination of knowledge of Antiquity since the Renaissance ; history of scholarship and intellectual practices.
・A very rich collection of 40,000 offprints inherited from the libraries of great scholars such as Charles Picard, William Seston, Emilienne Demougeot, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, and Pierre Amandry.
・The Poinssot library (special acquisition in 2006). This is a collection of works from the library of the Poinssot family (a family of archeologists active in North Africa). This acquisition was made in conjunction with the library of the INHA, which acquired the Poinssot archives, which led to the creation of an important digital document collection on ancient North Africa.
・Works from the libraries of Pierre Salama and Noël Duval, given to the INHA library, some volumes of which were donated to the Gernet-Glotz Library.
・Collections of periodicals sent by CEAMO (Centre d’études sur l’archéologie de la méditerranée occidentale), Paris-Sorbonne University.
Main electronic resources
→ Access to databases : on CDRom : Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina ; Phi, Greek documentary texts ; Phi, Thesaurus Linguae Latinae ; Epigraph ; Bibliotheca Juris Antiqui.
→ Online : Dyabola, Année Philologique, Jstor, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
Useful research tools
– Digital catalogue accessible online
– Lists of new acquisitions regularly published on the webpage
– 60-seat lecture hall (use of portable computers possible)
– 5 information stations : library catalogue, databases, bookmarks
– 1 photocopier
– 1 copying station for digital devices