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YOUR SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR OLYMPIC KNOWLEDGE

The IOC Olympic Studies Centre is the world source of reference for Olympic knowledge. We are dedicated to sharing this knowledge with professionals and researchers through providing information, giving access to our unique collections, enabling research and stimulating intellectual exchange.

As an integral part of the IOC, we are uniquely placed to provide the most accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on Olympism. Our collections cover all the key themes related to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement and their place within society.

Explore our unique resources

Our knowledge and collections are regularly enriched and include:

Our expert staff can help you with:
  • Factual and historical information; participation, results figures and statistics for all editions of the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.
  • Access to resources, databases and books in our dedicated study rooms. 
  • An international loan service if you cannot visit the OSC in person.
  • Access to a huge amount of electronic documents via our website.
  • Personalised research guidance and orientation, on-site and online.
  • Fast, efficient and reliable responses to all your inquiries.
  • If you are an academic researcher, access to research funds via our grant programmes and the opportunity to exchange with a network of academic experts in Olympic studies.

Upon request, we also provide remote access to the online Olympic Multimedia Library to university professors, researchers and students who need audio-visual material for their academic activities.   

Join the academic community interested in Olympic studies

One of our key roles is to facilitate communication and cooperation between the IOC and the international academic community in order to promote research and stimulate intellectual exchange.

This worldwide community is mainly constituted by almost 40 Olympic Studies Centres, individual scholars and university students working on academic projects related to the field of Olympic studies.

Thanks to this regular exchange and the work conducted by the academics, we enrich the world’s Olympic knowledge, share new analysis on key topics related to the Olympic Movement and help universities wishing to launch initiatives on Olympic studies. 

Find all Olympic Studies Centres in the world and discover Olympic-related initiatives organised by the academic community. 

Join our academic mailing list
University professors and researchers are invited to be part of our academic community. To join, email us with a brief description of your academic status and your full contact details. Once registered, you will receive our quarterly academic e-newsletter and other updates concerning Olympic studies initiatives.

Academic research opportunities
If you are conducting Olympic-related research under a humanities or social sciences perspective and would like to apply for a grant, you might be interested in one of the two possibilities of funding offered by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre:

1. For early career researchers: the PhD students’ Research Grant Programme;
2. For established researchers: the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme. 

We invite you to learn more about the objectives, rules, guidelines and application forms of the grant programmes here

You can also consult here the list of the research projects that have been previously awarded. 

In addition to these programmes and to respond to the specific research needs raised by the IOC, open calls for proposals for applied research may be launched throughout the year. These will be advertised on this website and to our academic community.

Consult our collections from wherever you are

Many of our resources can be consulted online, and publications can be borrowed via our inter-library and international loan service. If you do not find the resources you are looking for or if you wish to be informed on a monthly basis about the new releases related to Olympism and sport available at the Olympic Studies Centre, contact us at studies.centre@olympic.org or call +41 21 621 66 11.

You can also consult an online description of the various historical archives fonds. Please note that consultation of the historical archives is only possible on site and upon prior request and is subject to embargo rules

Visit the Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne

You are welcome to visit the Olympic Studies Centre, benefit from personalised research guidance by our highly knowledgeable staff and enjoy our reading space and study facilities. To consult the books and use the loan service, no prior appointment is necessary, but if you require access to the historical archives or have a specific research project for which you require more specific services, we kindly ask you to fill in our visit request form.  

The Olympic Studies Centre is located in the Olympic Park in Lausanne, next to The Olympic Museum on an esplanade facing Lake Geneva. See here how to access our building in the Olympic Park.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and on bank holidays.

 

The idea of creating an Olympic Studies Centre can be traced back to the reviver of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who wrote:


“I have not been able to carry out to the end what I wanted to perfect. I believe that a centre of Olympic studies would aid the preservation and progress of my work more than anything else.”


To aid the progress of Coubertin’s work, the aim of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre is to preserve and share the history of the Olympic Movement to enrich the future of Olympism.