May 16, 2022

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) Selects EBSCO Discovery Service


Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF), the National Library of France has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its library discovery solution. As a long time EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) customer, the National Library of France was pleased with EDS’s comprehensive index solution and ability to incorporate many of the library’s information resources.


BNF Director of the Science and Technology section Hervé Colinmaire, says, “We were pleased with the index solution in EDS and feel that it will work well with our library. What interested us most in the EDS index solution is the capacity of the search engine to retrieve information at the smallest and deepest level of information.”

BNF’s information system consisted of many different layers of information without any integration. Colinmaire says EBSCO was the right fit to bring together BNF resources while providing easier access for the end user. “EDS provided our users the possibility to browse through a ‘jungle’ of resources dispatched in different tools and parts of our site.


Future plans include the integration of EDS with the BNF OPAC to further expand the integrated one-stop search experience for users. EDS customers build upon the base index by adding metadata representing their own unique collections including their catalog (OPAC), databases, archival collections — using EDS as the base of an institution-specific discovery experience.

BNF also plans to also taking advantage of a number of the customizability options available within EDS to include value-added features to further create a unique discovery solution for the National Library of France. BNF is currently planning to create LibGuide widgets on the result list and to customize the EDS interface colors.

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