Hours & Access

IRCAM’s multimedia library is open from Tuesday through Friday, from 2 to 5:30pm. It is open to anyone whose activity, research, or studies require access to our collections.

Documents can be consulted in the library’s reading room during opening hours.

Access to the reading room is free. If you wish to borrow materials, you must purchase an annual membership to the library.

Library card

Library cards are available to the following categories. Proof is required.

  • Composers and performers
  • Master’s degree students

  • PhD students enrolled in a musicology or art department in a French university

  • Students from the CNSMDP and the CNSMDL

  • Students and researchers from a secondary-level or higher-learning institution, a music school, or a research institute

  • All persons who send a written request to the director of the multimedia library

IRCAM reserves the right to refuse to lend materials.

Your library card is valuable for 1 year beginning on the date of purchase.

Please provide the following when purchasing a library card:

-       40€ (or 26€ for students and job seekers). Checks or cash accepted

-       An ID photo

-       Proof of status permitting you to have a library card (student card, professional ID, contract, pay slip, etc.)

-       A check for 50€ (guarantee)

-       This downloadable form, filled in

Borrowing Materials

  • 4 documents (books or scores) and 4 CDs may be borrowed for a 2-week period. Materials can be renewed one time. Periodicals may not be borrowed.

  • If materials are returned late, you may not borrow other materials for an equivalent period of time

  • In the case that a document is lost, you must purchase its replacement. If you do not do so, your 50€ check will be cashed.

Conditions for IRCAM Personnel and Collaborators

All IRCAM badge holders have free access to the multimedia library. Registration is required if they wish to borrow materials. Borrowing materials is free of charge upon presentation of your IRCAM badge and an ID photo.

The conditions for borrowing materials are the following: 6 documents (books or scores) and 6 CDs may be borrowed for a 2-week period. Materials can be renewed. Materials can not be borrowed within the final month of your contract.



Tel. : +33 1 44 78 47 44



The multimedia library is situated in IRCAM at:

1, place Igor-Stravinsky
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau, Les Halles, Châtelet.