Documentation centre on poverty

With the goal of creating a specialised documentation centre on the theme of poverty, homelessness, migration and related topics, the DoucheFLUX library has been gradually built up. The library was inaugurated on September 21, 2018, in the presence of its two patrons: Christine Mahy, General Secretary of the Walloon Network for the Fight against Poverty and honorary doctor at the University of Liège; and Nicolas Bernard, Professor of Law at the University of Saint-Louis and an expert on housing in Brussels.

The available resources include records of conference proceedings, institutional reports, manuals for professionals, as well as newspapers and magazines, digital records, and audio and video recordings. The library also has around 350 books for loan, including non-fiction,
essays and literature.

Aimed as much at students, researchers, schools of social studies and social workers, as those who are simply interested in the topic, the DoucheFLUX library is not so much a library for those living in precarious circumstances, but rather a documentation centre specialised in all aspects of poverty and precarity. It is currently the only such centre in

DoucheFLUX hopes to develop this project through synergies and networks to create exchanges and new collaborations with other documentation centres. Partnerships are being established with other networks, notably with the RESO Webdoctes, UCLouvain’s university health promotion service (Research Institute for Health and Society). RESO Webdoctes’ main mission is to increase the visibility and accessibility of the databases available, so that the most recent data and evidence can be used to continually improve the quailty, relevance and transferability of healthcare promotion interventions.

Consult the catalogue online

Opening hours:

  • Tuesdays, from 14.00 to 16.00
  • NOTE: During the summer, the library is not permanently staffed, but you can make an appointment by contacting Kristel Dupont via e-mail or on 0497 20 23 80.


  • Most books can be borrowed. Periodicals and other documents such as reports on activities, forums and conferences, brochures and press articles can be consulted on-site.
  • Books can be borrowed for €1 per 2 weeks.
  • A deposit of €25 is asked per 3 books borrowed (refunded fully upon return of the books).

Anyone can propose works to be included in the library.

For more information, please contact Kristel Dupont by sending an e-mail or at 0497 20 23 80.