The auxiliary Library of the National Historical Archive was created at the same time as the Institution, as a complement and aid to both researchers and the archivists.
However, the library has come a long way since then and now occupies a significant position among specialist libraries.
Its collections encompass two major areas: archives and history. A collection of over twenty-five thousand monographs and a small periodicals library comprising some four hundred titles has been built up. Among the latter magazines from the early 20th century up to the present day may be found.
It also possesses an ancient collection catalogued by the Ministry of Culture’s Bibliographical Heritage Joint Catalogue, which may be accessed on its website.
The library’s OPAC may be consulted in the research room, which gives access to some fifteen thousand monographs. In addition, the manual file comprising the rest of the collection, which has yet to be processed, is at researchers’ disposal.
A newsletter is published periodically containing new titles and the titles catalogued retrospectively that have been entered in the database; this is available in the consulting room.
The library is currently undergoing a major computerisation process (retrospective cataloguing of collections, digitalisation of summaries, circulation, etc.), as well as an intense modernisation and upgrading process that involves implementing all the new technologies and major breakthroughs in information processing.