How to use the OCA libraries ?
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Keywords Access to libraries (terms and conditions) / Access to online resources (term and conditions) / Account (Reader) /  Addresses / Catalogue / Committee (Library)  / Forms (all)  / Loans (Terms and Conditions) / Newsletter / Ranking of documents / Reading room Registration (library) / Reservation  Subscriptions / Telephone / User guide



  •   Access to library services and resources (terms and conditions)
  •   Membership of the libraries is granted to the following :

- employes of the Observatory, all registred students of the Observatory, visitors.
Others persons (who can demonstrate a valid reason for using the libraries' collections) must ask the librarian's permission to access the libraries.

  • The use of electronic resources and library services is submitted to prior registration.

Registration allow to :
- borrow and return documents to any OCA library  ;
- access to electronic resources (bibliographic databases ; book collections ; periodicals) ;
- request to send or supply documents at any time (articles ; book purchase ; ILL). The cost is fully supported by the oca library (within the limits of the budget allocated and prior agreement) 
- access to specific services (alerts ; help to search ; guides and tutorials ; training ; visits).

The borrowing rights and the access to electronic resources varies according to its status, geographical location and its affiliated institution. They are specified at the time of registration and recalled on our web pages by type of resources.

Documents  to download +
  Online request forms (all)

Ask a librarian (online request form)
Article request form  (online)
Book suggestion form (online)
Interlibrary loan request form (online)
Library user guide
Library registration form (English)
Table of contents email alerting service (online request form)

Specific forms (in french - only for permanent employees)
Prêt de doc. du fonds ancien 
(demande - imprimé)
Sortie temporaire de doc. du fonds ancien (
demande - imprimé)

  •  Borrowing , Renewing & Returning library materials


  • The borrowing rights :
 Status :

Rules :

Permanent  employee (Researchers - Professors – Post doctoral student – ITA/IATOS employees )

A = 20 books for 90 days - Loan renewal is possible 

Doctoral students 

B = 15 books for 60 days - Loan renewal is possible

Visitors, trainee, other temporary member - stay superior or equal to 30 days

C=  3 books for 30 days - Loan renewal is possible

 Visitors, trainee, other temporary member - stay inferior to 30 days

D =3 books for 7 days - Loan renewal is possible

Interlibrary loan (ILL)

E = 30 days –  Loan renewal is possible

Non institution member

F= 0 day (On-site consultation)

   Reader account

Each user has a reader account open at the time of registration. You can access to the account via our online catalog (password is required).


  • Terms of borrowing:
    - free access to the reading rooms and archive rooms during the librarians' working hours ;
    - each book is equipped with a loan form (located at the beginning or end of the book according to the library) to be filled in and placed in the box provided for this purpose.This box is located at the entrance to the libraries.
    - After reading, the documents are handed to the librarians or deposited in the return box.


  • Journals, reference books and historic collection  do not circulate (Exception : Permanent employees may borrow old books with the autorization of the President of the Library Committee , see the 2 specific french forms).

  • Lost or damaged materials and time contraints :

      Library borrower is responsible for library materials while checked out under his name, and is responsible for returning items by their due date. If an item is damaged or lost, borrower must replace or reimburse it at the actual cost .

The reader account allows to :
- consult its loan list ;
- book a document in any library. The  document  will be delivered to your main library.

(If you have lost your password, contact us : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


  • Reading room   :   Opening hours,  Equipements, classement des documents


 Ranking of documents on the libraries' shelves :

- Nice Mont-Gros Library (OCA library) :  The documents are arranged by inventory number in the reading room or archived in the basement 1 (exceptions : book shelf number A (old books - Mezzanine) -  book shelf number C (colloquium - reading room)  -  book shelf number E1 (small format catalogue - ground floor) -   book shelf number E2 (large format catalogue  - Mezzanine) -  book shelf number U (usual - reading) - book shelf number P (periodicals - reading room + basement 1 and 2) -  book shelf number W (OCA documents - reading room ) ;

- Nice Valrose Library (Lagrange library) : The documents are stored in the reading room by classification and then inventory number
-Sophia-Antipolis library (Geoazur library) :  The documents are stored in the reading room (room A213) by author's name  followed by a serial number (exceptions : geological maps (room A216) + Periodicals  (room A216) +  Academic dissertations   (room A216) +  Book of the Grasse library (room A214)

Reading rooms

 Opening hours 
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