Partnership with the Ecole Normale Supérieure

The Centre Culturel Irlandais libraries have special links with their neighbours, in particular the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), situated close by on rue d'Ulm.

It is one of the most prestigious universities in France, educating the future intellectual elite of the nation. Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and the philosopher Michel Foucault are amongst its famous alumni, and Samuel Beckett taught English there at the end of the 1920s.

A partnership has been established with the ENS to allow our student residents access to the prestigious library of the ENS for the duration of their residency at the CCI.

This research library contains more than 500,000 volumes and 1600 periodicals - one of the richest collections in Paris, with direct access to all the resources! You will find it a calm and comfortable place to work but also a fantastic opportunity to meet up with French students and researchers.

For further details

Come to the Médiathèque or contact Marion Mossu:

Access to the ENS

Your CCI Library membership card will entitle you to join the ENS library, which is normally closed to external students, and to borrow 10 books per year. Student residents of the CCI also have access to the ENS restaurant for lunch and dinner (about 9€ for a meal).

A tour of the ENS library is scheduled at the beginning of each academic year (ask us for the dates).

The Ecole Normale Supérieure Library is situated at 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris (2 mins walk from the Centre Culturel Irlandais).