In addition to courses offered at Reid Hall, Columbia’s campus in Paris, students have free access to graduate courses at France’s top two schools in the humanities and the social sciences, the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) et the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS). Students are automatically registered as visiting students at Ecole normale supérieure, a status that includes library and dining privileges. The Ecole normale supérieure has the only open-stack research library in France.
Paris has exceptional collections of rare books and historical archives, housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Biblothèque mazarine, and the Archives nationales de France. The Institut mémoire de l’édition contemporaine, located in Normandy, is easily accessible from Paris. In addition, the national libraries and archives of France’s neighboring countries are a few hours away by fast train.