Q. Hello, do we have access to Encyclopedia Universalis? Tx.
Thank you for your question. Encyclopédie Universalis does not appear to be in our collection. I did a Worldcat search to determine if any libraries nearby have this title. I would usually suggest completing an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request:
ILL might not be the best in this situation. It appears that every library with a copy of this item is located in France. Encyclopedias are often part of a library's reserve collection and do not circulate (i.e. leave the library). Policies vary from library to library. Still an interlibrary loan request might be worth a shot. I see you reference a specific article you need from Encyclopédie Universalis. While a library may be hesitant to send a multi-volume encyclopedia set across the Atlantic Ocean, it may be easier to locate specific articles. Encyclopédie Universalis also has a French language web site which may offer some pertinent information:
Upon closer examination, it appears that Encyclopédie Universalis is published by Encyclopedia Britannica. Old Westbury Library does have a subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica which offers English language encyclopedia entries:
I searched Encyclopedia Britannica and there is a brief reference to Rene Etiemble which I will email to you. While I imagine that Encyclopedia Britannica and Encyclopédie Universalis entries are different in some ways, the two items appear to serve similar purposes, albeit in different languages.