Olympic Studies Centre
The IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) is one of the world’s leading reference centres for written information and knowledge on the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. It is the entry point for research, work or publications which contribute to education and the dissemination of Olympic patrimony and its values.
Situated next to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the OSC facilities are open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offer researchers access to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s historical archives, 25,000 books and a wide selection of reviews and electronic resources linked to the Olympic Games, Olympism and sport in general. Furthermore, the valuable images archive, with a wide selection of 250,000 images, 8,000 hours of visual and audio material and over 10,000 objects and artefacts, is accessible for academic researchers through the digital Olympic Multimedia Library. A dedicated reading space and study room, in which, upon prior written request, historical archive documents can be consulted and studied, as well as computers with internet access and photocopy machines add to what is on offer to researchers.
The OSC has the following main responsibilities:
- To ensure ongoing acquisition, preservation, description and dissemination of Olympic patrimony and knowledge
- To promote and facilitate access to the IOC’s library and archive collections
- To provide and/or coordinate research, analysis and content creation services on the Olympic Games and Olympic-related topics
- To promote academic activities related to Olympism and stimulate synergies and collaboration between Olympic studies centres and researchers worldwide