Electronic resourcesThe Bpi makes available to its visitors free of charge the electronic resources for which it has paid subscriptions.
This large collection is composed of 110 generic databases. It is representative of digital publications and resources likely to interest public libraries.
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Databases, digital books, on line pressThe general digital resources of the Bpi is currently composed of databases, books, periodicals, press articles, images and bibliographies. It is multimedia and encyclopaedic.
The linguistic coverage is essentially Francophone, followed by English to a lesser extent for more specialised databases, then by a diversity of languages for the press aggregators and the international databases.
A constantly evolving resourceThe majority of these databases are designed for studies: the publication business to business (designed especially for libraries) does not exist really in the sectors of literary news and leisure, apart from a few exceptions (digital comics and e-books of certain platforms).
The Bpi is closely monitoring this rapidly changing market.
Studies, lifelong training, useful skillsThese are divided up between academic databases and databases oriented more towards the “general public”. A re-arrangement is underway in order to increase the proportion of published resources for the “general public” which was very small until just three years ago.
This great variety should address the diversity of audiences and their needs: studies, lifelong training, useful skills, personal culture. It also makes the Bpi a library of last resort for audiences who do not have access to university libraries or to specialised libraries.
For an uninterrupted digital chainThe benefits of digital are not optimised when the exploitation of results requires print-outs. To make these digital collections useful, an uninterrupted continuum in the digital chain is the goal to be achieved.
Several means or services (virtual storage, annotation and management of bibliographical references, etc.) are already in place for certain databases. Their generalisation as well as their deployment in the environment of the Bpi form part of the objectives of the Library.