UPMC's scientific digital library

About the Jubilothèque

Photo de Vélain, Charles
Vélain, Charles. Description géologique de la presqu'île d'Aden, de l'île de la Réunion, des îles Saint-Paul et Amsterdam. Paris : A. Hennuyer, 1878
Photo de Vélain, Charles
Toucas, Aristide. Mémoire sur les terrains crétacés des environs du Beausset (Var). Mémoires de la Société géologique de France, 1873, 2ème série, tome IX, mémoire n° 4
Photo de Vélain, Charles
Haeckel, Ernst. Anthropogénie ou histoire de l'évolution humaine : leçons familières sur les principes de l'embryologie et de la phylogénie humaines. Paris : C. Reinwald et Cie, 1877
Bulletin de la Société géologique
Bulletin de la Société géologique de France, tome 2, 1831-1832
Bourneville, D.M. et al.
Bourneville, D.M. et al. Recherches cliniques et thérapeutiques sur l'épilepsie, l'hystérie et l'idiotie : compte-rendu du service des épileptiques et des enfants idiots et arriérés de Bicêtre pendant l'année 1893. Paris : Progrès médical, A. Delahaye et E. Lecrosnier, 1894
Charcot, J.M
Charcot, J.M. (dir.). Nouvelle iconographie de la Salpêtrière : clinique des maladies du système nerveux, 1888, tome I, planche 22
Photo de Willis, Thomas
Willis, Thomas. Thomæ Willis med. doct. Opera omnia… Amsterdam : apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1682


Science collection

This digital library project was initiated and implemented by the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Scientifique Jussieu as part of the four-year 2005-2008 contract of the University Pierre et Marie Curie, with the financial support of the Sous-Direction des Bibliothèques et de l'Information Scientifique. Additional funding given by the Direction de la Technologie enabled a substantial addition to the number of digitized books. Cooperation with lab libraries (for instance the library of the Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés) also permitted an enrichment of the corpus.

Since 2009, the BUPMC is associated with the National Library of France and is consequently granted by the BnF for digitization projects.

The projet includes mainly printed monographs in french language, a few offprints and manuscripts, ranging from the end of the XVIIIth century to the beginning of the XXth century. The corpus is organized in main domains.

  • physics and chemistry (49 volumes),
  • mathematics (60 volumes),
  • XIXth century scientific theses (255 documents),
  • history of geology (about 200 volumes),
  • regional geology (more than 150 volumes),
  • biology, around Alfred Giard's collection (25 volumes),
  • publications of the French geological society, with the Bulletin for the period 1830-1940, the Mémoires published between 1833 and 11912, and the Mémoires série Paléontologie (1890-1923).

In 2013 the digital library numbers over 380 000 digitized pages.

The selection of the corpus followed several criteria :

  • the documents chosen are in the public domain,
  • they do exist in other digital libraries (BNF, CNAM, etc.);
  • their subject is consistent with the four broad domains defined for the project,
  • they present a historical, scientific and educational interest.

This selection would not have been possible without the support and implication of the scientific community.

The library wishes to thank particularly for their help Santiago Aragon, François Couraud, Renée Gatignol, Jean Gaudant, Gabriel Gohau, Catherine Goldstein, Emmanuel Lacôte, Bertrand Laforge, Elisabeth Nicot, Robert Mathieu, Bernard Pajot, Marie-Françoise Quinton, Stéphane Tirard, as well as the members of the UFR 927. The library also thanks M. Buffetaut and Mme Rangin for their contribution to the project concerning the publications of the French geological society.

Charcot collection

This project was implemented by the Service Commun de Documentation Médicale as part of the four-year 2001-2004 contract of the University Pierre et Marie Curie with the Ministère de l'Education nationale. The BIUM (Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médecine) contributed to its realization by assisting in the choice of documents and lending the Revue de l'hypnotisme. The Fondation de France's financial support was also instrumental in ensuring the completion of the project. It has been continued in 2007-2009 by the digitization and the publication online of new sets of documents.

The BUPMC keeps in the Bibliothèque de Neurosciences Jean-Martin Charcot, historical collections mainly constituted by J.-M. Charcot's personal library (books, journals, theses and offprint collections, manuscripts, observations, neurological covering the second part of the XIXth century) to which is added the Salpêtrière Interns' library (books, journals, neurology and psychiatry theses for the period 1900-1950).
Part of these collections was digitized with the double aim of preserving the original documents and ensuring the valorization of collections notable for their iconography:

  • manuscripts of lessons by J.-M. Charcot (1825-1893).
  • volumes of his complete works dealing with illnesses of the nervous system.
  • atlases with remarkable illustrations.
  • rare journals, such as the Revue de l'Hypnotisme or the famous Iconographie Photographique de la Salpêtrière (3 volumes of observations of hystero-epileptic patients, with photographic illustrations of the different moments of the crisis)

In 2009-2010, new sets of documents have been published to complete the Charcot digital collection,in particular the Archives de neurologie (1880-1907), the Nouvelle Iconographie de la Salpêtrière (1888-1918) and the Recherches cliniques et thérapeutiques sur l'épilepsie, l'hystérie et l'idiotie (1872-1906).

Digitization choices

The project privileges access to information over the preservation of the material aspect of the book. Thus bindings and blank pages were not digitized. Illustrations and tables were reoriented for easy reading if necessary, and pages cleaned when possible.

Digitization was carried out by Arkhênum and Jouve for Charcot collection, Dataland, Safig, Jouve and then Inovcom for science collection. 300 dpi, and since 2012 400 dpi and 600 dpi grayscale images (or color if needed) were produced. The resolution of Jpeg files available on the site is 150 dpi for basic display, 300 dpi in zoom version (except for some documents from Charcot collection). A PDF document is also available for those wishing to download the entire document.

Printed texts were subjected to uncorrected OCR, the product of which may be searched as well as displayed beside the image page.

Tables of contents were typed and encoded in XML format, and bibliographic metadata encoded in Dublin Core, in consistency with the UPMC library portal.

For some documents from Charcot collection (digitized by Arkhênum in the early 2000s), the features of zoom, search on the full text and use of tables of contents entriesare not available.

For file weight reasons, downloadable PDF contain binarized images.


This site is built by AJLSM relying on PLEADE tools, a free environment for the browsing and research of archives in XML/EAD format. These tools are developped and maintained by AJLSM and Anaphore, publisher of the software Arkhéïa.

PLEADE itself is based on the SDX 2.4 platform, a free research and browsing tool for XML documents, developped by AJLSM.

Bibliographic records are available for OAI-PMH harvesting.

Terms of use

The digitized documents are in the public domain. Use is free for non-commercial purposes with mandatory acknowledgement of the source and without adulterating the work. Fore more details, please refer to legal information.

OAI-PMH harvesting

Bibliothèque universitaire Pierre et Marie Curie has set up an OAI-PMH repository, avalailable at : http://oai.upmc.fr/oai/.

Three types of sets have been defined :

  • by Jubilothèque collection, corresponding to the organization of the documents online (ex : fonds_charcot:archives_neurologie, geologie_historique),
  • according to the Dewey classification (ex : bupmc:5:55 for geology),
  • by document type (ex : per_impr for serials).