La rénovation en images : avant / après

La bibliothèque, rénovée entre mai et octobre 2016, a été inaugurée en novembre 2016. Elle est désormais ouverte 24h/24, 7j/7. La communauté HEC y accéde avec un badge .

Voici un petit retour en images sur la métamorphose des espaces :


 L’entrée de la bibliothèque – depuis le Hall d’honneur


 Le palier de la bibliothèque




 L’entrée de la bibliothèque – depuis la salle de lecture


Ouverture d’une cahute en un espace de lecture


De la banque d’accueil à l’espace Presse


La salle de lecture vue de l’entrée


Ouverture de cahutes en espaces de travail vitrés : « Creative Media studio » et « Stock Market Area »

La salle de lecture


  De la salle des Périodiques à la salle « Entrepreneurship and Career »

 De la bibliothèque de littérature au Lab

Découvrez également la bibliothèque rénovée sur notre vidéo.

A bientôt !


HEC Paris library renovation starts on May 30

HEC library is in need of an update and as from May 30th, workers will begin the process of bringing a more modern and efficient interior space to the library. During that period, a temporary library will be open in I Building.

The library facelift aims to transform the spaces to create new collaborative facilities for students and faculty. The academic commons will continue to have different forms of print but patrons will also have access to more study rooms and meeting spaces. We won’t eliminate spots for quiet, individual study, but the renovated spaces will include more opportunities for working on group projects.

We’ll have new layout of books, walls and doorways will be removed or added to create new rooms, all public areas of the library will be painted, a new carpet installed and the lighting system will be retrofitted with energy-efficient fixtures. The desk will have a new look and feel and will be the single point for user interaction. Besides, a new “Lounge” area across the desk will host magazines, newspapers, video collections as well as tablets and iPads.

Most of the spaces will be flexible for learning and teaching spaces. They will be equipped with technological features (monitors, videoconference equipments…) and furniture that supports and reflects different learning and teaching styles, as well as blended learning and self-learning.

The plan is to renovate the entire interior of the library and the new layout will make the library much more accessible with brand new furniture, great fabrics and colors. We believe students will be very impressed upon seeing the results of the renovation. It will give the library a modern and fresh look and hopefully, patrons will want to go in, study, read and do projects.

During the works period, a Temporary Library will be open in Building I (see map below), where librarians will provide research assistance, textbooks loan and access to financial databases.

Capture d’écran 2016-05-21 à 11.32.30From 6th June to 29th July and from 16th August to 19th September:

Temporary Library in Building I, open from 9am to 6pm.

To get some assistance outside of these hours, you can email us: or chat on our website:

Books will be to return to Building I. Access to books will be limited there, so try to pick up what you need by 28th May!

More study rooms, more open spaces, more space to relax…

Capture d’écran 2016-03-02 à 13.13.11Survey after survey, HEC Paris students revealed they wanted more study places, more working rooms, and also nice and relaxing spaces in the library.

No less than 6 study rooms were included in the first version of the plan of our architect. They have been designed so that students can work in groups without disturbing others. They accommodate different sizes of group, from small 2-person rooms to medium rooms suitable for 4 people and a large one for up to 20 people. Each room will have a whiteboard and/or wall monitor for shared viewing, electrical outlets, tables and chairs, and wireless access.

All of the 200 study desks will enable students to plug in their laptop and the library will still provide access to 15 PC and 6 Mac. We also plan to lend laptops in addition to iPads and tablets.

Silent study spaces remain one of our main concerns, according to the wishes of students. They will consist of study desks where students can read and/or plug in a laptop and soft-seating areas where students may work informally or relax.

One more good news… the restrooms will be rebuilt!



Circulons !

Plan1Premières réflexions de l’architecte sur la rénovation des espaces de la bibliothèque. De nombreux paramètres sont pris en compte, pour notre plus grande satisfaction et celles des étudiants qui se sont exprimés dans notre enquête : zones de travail silencieux, zones de convivialité, espaces de travail en groupes…

Les premiers dessins font apparaitre les circulations principales, les “filtres” entre les espaces silencieux et moins silencieux, les arrivées électriques et les câblages…

Toute la réflexion est centrée sur les attentes et l’expérience des utilisateurs-lecteurs. N’hésitez pas à prendre contact avec nous pour vous joindre à la conversation…


Opération désherbage avant travaux

L’opération de rénovation de la bibliothèque nécessite de faire de la place ! Des milliers de livres vont être stockés dans les archives de la bibliothèque au sous-sol et seront désormais disponibles sur demande.

Par ailleurs, de nombreux livres, qui n’étaient pas catalogués dans notre catalogue Flora sont actuellement “désherbés”. La plupart sont disponibles via le Sudoc et dans de grandes bibliothèques parisiennes.

Venez en découvrir une sélection, renouvelée chaque jour, dans le corner “Cabinet de curiosités” spécialement aménagé dans la salle de gestion de la bibliothèque.

Surprenant, parfois déroutant ou inspirant… mais toujours intéressant !


Your expectations

We recently asked you to express yourself on your expectations for a renovated library. Thank you for having answered our quick survey.

No. of responses: 206

When you come to the library, you tend to work…

Independently: 75%
Alone, with friends around: 15%
A mixture of these: 10%

The study environment you prefer to work in…

Silent with no distraction: 66%
In a group room: 42%
Quiet with some background noise: 33%
In a “Library Café”: 29%

Your top 3 priorities for the library renovation…

Individual spaces
Group study/working rooms
Plugs and sockets

You suggest:

Whiteboards, cosy furniture, coffee machines, better air circulation, better lighting indoor, more computers, bigger tables, comfortable reading chairs.

All your valuable input are now part of the project. Thanks to everyone!



Renovating the library in 2016


Later this year, the library will kick off a renovation project and transform many areas of the library into brand new spaces that support the technology and the activity you asked for.

This site will be a useful tool to get updates of what’s happening, from the project to the preliminary renderings. You will be able to share your comments on every step of the project (see also the result of the kick off survey).

Here is the timeline of the project, anticipated as of 01/18/2016:

  • Beginning of design work: February 2016
  • Schematic design complete: March 2016
  • Design development complete: April 2016
  • Contract documents completed: May 2016
  • Works: June to September 2016