Department of Readers' orientation and Bibliographic Search
Partial removal of the collections available in free-access in the Reference Room (Oval reading room)
From 1st march 2016
The Oval reading room will be closed for renovation work at the end of 2016. For this reason, a major part of the collections available in free access will be moved to other premises from 1st March 2016. However, the works labelled with the following classification marks remain available:
The works belonging to the "Bibliothèque de la Pléiade" collection remain available. Please ask the reading room's members of staff.
A selection of language dictionaries is also proposed to readers.Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
With its encyclopedic vocation, the Department of Readers' orientation and Bibliographic Search provides readers with access to library catalogs, encyclopedias, directories, guides, biographical dictionaries, and a large number of bibliographies, enabling them to make full use of BnF’s collections.
As a source of help in researching general topics or fields at the intersection of more than one discipline, the Department of Readers' orientation and Bibliographic Search:
The department’s reference collections cover all topics, and more specifically the following:
The collections of the Department of Readers' orientation and Bibliographic Search are indexed in the Catalogue général de la BnF.
The department provides access in room X to many card catalogues from the former sections of the Bibbliothèque nationale :
Chercher et trouver aims to replace the Guide de recherche en bibliothèque. The Guide de recherche en bibliothèque (Library Research Guide) provides more information about unique tools available in Room X, such as:
The Department also organises training sessions to use the Catalogue général de la BnF, Gallica and electronic resources. It also coordinates workshops for PhD students proposed to all advanced students.
History of the department
The Department of Readers' orientation and Bibliographic Search is heir to the Catalog Room in the former Printed Materials Department of the National Library. This room, on which work began in 1934 at the instigation of the administrator, Julien Cain, and which was completed in 1936, was already home to bibliographies and catalogs of all kinds, with the aim of assisting the Library’s readers.
In June 2014, the Department for Readers' Orientation and Bibilographic Search was created. It originates in the Department of Bibliographic Search and the Reader's Orientation Service. Merging these two services has allowed to continue the usual tasks of the service (accreditation, reception of readers and bibliographic information) but also to develop activities connected with public service, one of the main keys to libraries' future: production of working tools, personalised assistance, eductational activities...
Thursday, March 10, 2016