Founded in 1795, the library holds a collection of old and rare books, dating back to the Middle Ages: 400 000 books, 24 000 journals, 1 000 manuscripts, 500 000 medical dissertations.
The library also runs a digitization program (Medic@) in the history of medicine and dentistry, that includes several series: Corpus of ancient physicians (Hippocrates, Galen, et al.), Medical Dictionaries and Journals, Diseases, Medical Specialties, Physicians and Scholars, Varia (surgical instruments catalogues, 19th century dissertations, etc.) (2.8 M pages as of October 2012).
The historical portal includes an image databank (130 000 images), several virtual exhibitions (Monsters from the Renaissance up to the Classical Ages…), 10 web sites of French learned societies.
Services: online ask a librarian service; reference assistance in person, by phone, mail, fax, and e-mail; in-house photocopying allowed depending upon the document; photocopies, photographs, and digitized reproductions for interlibrary loan purposes.
As a research library, the BIUM provides academic patrons and health professionals with many tools and services: major databases and electronic journals, medical information training sessions, document supply and interlibrary loan, etc.