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A brief history .. .


The Astronomy library founded in 1881 by Raphaël Bischoffsheim at Nice

(Source : Monographie de l' Observatoire de Nice de Charles Garnier, 1892)


A nineteenth-century collection of books and journals in several languages


(Source : "Observatoire de Nice, souvenir de la conférence géodésique de 1887" par le photogr. Disderi)

covering a great variety of subjects : particularly in astronomy but also in  mathematics, physics, optics, cartography, geodesy, photography...


A library in constant evolution ....

1887 (1887)  (1998)


With new geographical sites and new collections in the field of Earth sciences and Astrophysics :

The Grasse-Calern library (1988-2012 - geographical location : Grasse)


The 2 libraries of Geoazur laboratory (2008-2012 - geographical locations : Villefranche-sur-Mer and Sophia-Antipolis, Valbonne)

The library of Lagrange laboratory (ancient name : Fizeau Laboratory) (since 2008 - geographical location : Nice Valrose)

The new library of Geoazur laboratory (since october 2012 - geographical location : Sophia-Antipolis, Valbonne -

(a merger of the 3 ancient libraries of Grasse, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Sophia-Antipolis)


Missions /



The three OCA libraries support the research and teaching activities of the Observatory. They acquire, organize, preserve, and make available collections of materials.

The Libraries fulfill their  mission by providing : intellectual access to materials and information ; assistance in the location  and use of the materials ; facilities and services for research and study.


Last update : January 17, 2017 (Pour toutes remarques ou suggestions concernant cette page contactez le Service bibliothèque de l'OCA )
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