Supernova, libraries search engine

Supernova is THE search engine for the libraries' documentary collections,whether printed (on the shelves) or online.


Logo Supernova, moteur de recherche des BU de l'Université de Rennes 1

Direct URL

To add Supernova to your browser favourites, use the direct URL:

Introduction to Supernova

Supernova searches:

  • in the catalogue of the University of RennesSciencesPo Rennes and INSA Rennes libraries (books, ebooks, journals),
  • in the databases and online journals that the university subscribes to (journal articles, ebook chapters, etc.)
  • in some open access library resources.

So you can find:

  • books, journals, thesis, physically available in the libraries of the University of Rennes and its partners,
  • but also ebooks, scientific articles from the many journals and databases to which the university has subscribed and from open access sources.
Some resources are not or only partially referenced in Supernova. You can also browse the databases directly from the website, Online resources section.

Supernova: the interactive tutorial in french!

Supernova in Moodle

Did you know that you can use the library catalogue (Supernova) without leaving Moodle?

As a teacher, you can now create bibliographies with commentary in Moodle without leaving your course space.

The Supernova plugin for Moodle is designed to maximise the use of your course sources and make it easier for students to use our collections.

Supernova in Moodle: information and instructions

Too many results? Filter them out

The « Livres et revues dans les rayonnages » limiter allows you to display only what is present on the library shelves, as welle as ebooks.
So you can exclude ebooks by selecting one or more specific document types.

You can also limit the results to recent documents by changing the publication dates covered.


Utilisation des filtres, facettes, limiteurs dans Supernova

Log in before request a "BU Drive"

In Supernova, you must imperatively log in to your Sesame ID first BEFORE clicking on the "BU Drive" link, to make the connection with your library account.

Otherwise you may log in  but you will encounter this following error message:

Erreur Supernova Koha non authentifié

In this case, go back, and respect the order of the following actions

  1. Go to Supernova
  2. Log in to your library account first (in the top right-hand corner of the screen)
  3. Then search Supernova for the item you would like to borrow and click on the "BU Drive" link .

You will avoid the error "biblionumber".

Access the full text

Supernova allows you to directly access the full text of articles and ebooks found.
Then, you can :

  • view them online
  • download them when the publisher’s platform offer this feature.


Accès au texte intégral, accès en ligne


Pointing to a resource with the permanent URL

Would you like to transmit a link to a resource found in Supernova?

Please note that the URL given in the address bar of your search engine is not permanent and will not allow your contact to find the targeted resource.
You can retrieve the pemanent URL in the detailed record of the resource, in the right-hand column:

Supernova-URL pérenne