Name of the Library: Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé, Paris
Parent Organisation: Université Paris Descartes
Street Address: 12 rue de l’École de Médecine – 75270 Paris
Postal Address: 12 rue de l’École de Médecine – 75270 Paris
Telephone : + 33 1 76 53 19 51
Web Address: http://www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/
Library Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of Library :Multipurpose building , Special Library
Population served: French health professionals
Size (square metres): 8716
Date of Completion: 1882-1891
Architect: Jacques Gondouin, Léon Ginain
The Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé (BIU Santé) offers collections in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and associated sciences. It resulted from the merging of two other institutions in 2011: the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine et d’odontologie (BIUM) and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de pharmacie (BIUP), even though the two sites remain distinct.
The BIUM (“Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine”) used to be the Library of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, dating back from the Middle Ages. After the French Revolution, the collections were reconstituted by the surgeon and librarian Pierre Sue.
The history of the collection of the “Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Pharmacie” (BIUP) goes back to 1570, when four masters of the community of apothecaries and grocers donated works to their corporation. In 1882 the library moved to the Faculty of Pharmacy in Paris, “avenue de l’Observatoire”.
The merger of these two libraries was decided in September 2009 and became effective in 2011.
The BIU Santé is a CADIST (French acronym for center of acquisition and dissemination of scientific and technical information) for medicine, odontology and cosmetology. It is also an associated center of the National Library of France concerning medicine and pharmacy.
As a research library, the BIU Santé is especially dedicated to students, researchers and teachers within health disciplines, including psychology. It greets every non-academic health professional and every person who conducts researches matching its collections.
The « BIU Santé » is a reference library recognized at an international level in medical field. It also owns the total of French dissertations in medicine and dental surgery and keeps one copy of each. Concerning Paris, the dissertations collection goes back to 1539. The BIU Santé is the depositary of the legal deposits covering works of medicine and dentistry. The whole collection is one of the three richest in the world, with the National Library of Medicine (USA) and the Wellcome Library (London).
• More than 400 000 printed works
• Near 16 000 French and foreign periodicals
• Many electronic resources (electronic documents, databases, online periodicals, websites)
The history of Health
• 1.118 manuscripts
• 3.000 works from the 16th century, 6.700 from the 17th, 16.000 from the 18th and 130.000 from the 19th
• Drawings, engravings, photographs and medals
• More than 88.000 volumes ;
• More than 4.000 serial publications (periodicals and collections)
• 204 manuscripts