Services for Alumni

Virtual Library

Polytechnique alumni can access free of charge our virtual library, which contains 1,200 e-journals and thousands of e-books in the fields of science, engineering and business. This virtual library is the result of a partnership between Association des diplômés de Polytechnique, Fondation Polytechnique and Polytechnique Library. The annual subscription costs are covered by donations from alumni to the Fondation de Polytechnique.

You can access this virtual library from the Association’s website.

Services Offered by the Library

Other Electronic Resources

The library website’s Subject Guides offer access to numerous electronic resources, which can only be accessed by Polytechnique professors, researchers, students & employees. However, the library accepts many walk-in users for in-library access to all our collections of electronic resources. Any walk-in visitor needs only to ask for a guest account from staff at the Circulation Desk.

Our Print Collections

Polytechnique alumni can borrow documents from our print collections with a $125 donation to Fondation Polytechnique. The donation can be made when visiting the library. Alumni will receive in exchange a library card, which is valid for one (1) year.

Documents not Owned by Polytechnique Library

Alumni can use their own employer’s ILL (inter-library loan) service, if they have a documentation center, or they can ask assistance from your own public library in obtaining these documents. The vendor Inforetrieve also offers a service for purchasing individual documents, from numerous external collections, including the NRC National Science Library.

Software & Equipment

Photocopiers, scanners and printers are available for all our patrons inside the library.

Help with Your Searches

The Reference Desk staff can help alumni, when they consult our electronic resources from inside the library. Staff can explain how to access the numerous databases & e-collections from the library’s website and also suggest search strategies to maximize your search results.