The Bpi has chosen to compile a documentary film collection in addition to its printed collections.
This selection has produced a collection of more than 3300 titles to which 200 new titles are added each year, both from DVD publishing and acquiring audiovisual rights of the Catalogue national de films documentaires (National Catalogue of Documentary Films). The public can watch a cultural programme of screenings in the Centre Pompidou’s rooms each year.
Encyclopaedism, news, creation
This documentary collection, which reflects what the library audiences’ interests and needs are, provides a complement to the printed collections. It is extensive and more orientated towards what’s happing in production, with a majority of films devoted to society problems and films on art.
A significant part is made up of “creative” documentaries, which involve a point of view and an artistic look, respect of the people filmed, a long enough time of preparation and editing.
Alongside documentary film
For several years, the collection has been supplemented by films and recordings of live performances and concerts that allow a historic perspective of performing arts fostering discovery of contemporary creation. Their choice is dictated by a concern of giving particular visibility to works that explore the fusion between performing art and cinematography.
The Bpi also has original collection of animated films for adult and teenage spectators: 400 short and feature-length films, representing the different techniques and best film-makers. This collection gives the viewer the opportunity to become familiar with a universe of pure poetry, where puppets, characters in modelling clay or in 3D are found alongside traditional cartoons.
A completely digitised consultation system
All of the 3,300 films in the collection can be watched on the multimedia stations around the library (except for music films and films of concerts which are available in the Music space). A Film space is located on level 3 of the Bpi, opposite the Arts information desk, with ten consolation workstations to reserve, for two-hour sessions: five workstations allows two people to watch the entire collection, five other workstations broadcast the offer as video on demand.
The Video on Demand (VOD) service allows what can be watched to be extended to fiction film, and the Bpi’s audiovisual offer to be supplemented with films and documentary programmes relating to current news that are not intended to be included in the permanent collection.
The Arte/UniversCiné digital multimedia library
Since 2007, the Bpi has given its public the opportunity to watch a set of French and foreign feature films that is constantly being added to, free of charge. The selection has heritage films or more recently-produced films, and programmes looking at culture and world affairs like Le Dessous des cartes (Mapping the World) or Karambolage.
The public can watch 12 films per 24 hours through streaming. These films then remain available on the five screens for 48 hours.