La Contemporaine
About the library

La Contemporaine is a library-museum renowned for its collections covering the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on international relations.
The collections of La Contemporaine are unique, due to the diversity of their origins, the range of topics covered, and the variety of the types of documents that are conserved.

LC NV BATIMENT 9955 exterieur The text-based collections encompass close to 3 million documents—books, periodicals, as well as written and audiovisual archives—in several different languages. Its image-based collections represents nearly 1.5 million works of art, photographs, posters, political cartoons and objects.

Welcoming researchers from all backgrounds and nationalities, La Contemporaine serves as a center for scholarly research, while also sharing its collections with the general public through yearly exhibits..
Recent exhibits include, The USSR Checkmated. Perestroika 1985-1991; Posters in Action: When Political Writing Comes out into the Streets; From the Front. Representing the Great War; International Graphics. Collections of Political Posters from 1979 to 1990.


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