La Contemporaine digital library offers online access to an extensive collection of resources covering European history since the beginning of the 20th century. Its name, L’Argonnaute, is a tribute to the First World War trench journals, with which the library started its digitization program some years ago.
Including digital copies of books, pamphlets, serials, leaflets, archives, artworks, photographs, posters, drawings, political cartoons, objects, etc., L’Argonnaute already offers online access to more than 130,000 items from different periods and covering different topics, making it one of the richest digital libraries in the French university library system.
Linked to L’Argonnaute, a blog highlights newly available digital collections and allows anyone to participate by adding comments and observations on the documents.
The images and the texts produced by La contemporaine are published under the terms of Etalab (French open data) and Creative Commons licenses. They may be freely reused, as long as they are attributed.
Digitised materials may be shared on social networks and exported to other websites.
Readers of La Contemporaine premises may also browse La Contemporaine internal digital portal, which offers access to digitised materials that cannot yet be published online for copyright reasons (e.g. political cartoons about trials in France in 1944 and 1945, materials about human rights in Latin America, some archives of the CIMADE, contemporary posters design, oral history archive about the Algerian War, etc.).
La Contemporaine library is freely open to anyone who wishes to work on its collections. A La Contemporaine reader’s card is free. Readers may register by presenting a valid ID.