BULAC on new premises

The Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC) has moved since September 1st to a new facility, the Pôle des langues et civilisations (Paris, 13th district), together with the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) and very close to the Bibliotheque nationale de France. For the public it will open its doors in December this year with seating for 910 persons and more than 200 000 volumes freely accessible.

BULAC houses collections covering all the non-occidental languages and civilizations. It is a collaboration of eight partners, which have consigned their document collections to the library. Concerning Africa the

  • La Bibliothèque interuniversitaire des langues orientales (BIULO)
  • Le Centre d’études africaines (CEAF)

have to be mentioned (see their catalogue, e.g. their Swahili texts). BULAC strives to be a vital resource for researchers for the African studies. We wish our colleagues good luck in integrating the different collections and making the new premises an inspiring place.

“Integrated Information Services in Germany & Europe”, Report in Africa Spectrum 2/2010

Bergenthum, Hartmut / Thomas Siebold (2010), African Studies – Striving for Integrated Information Services: Recent Developments in Germany and Europe, in: Africa Spectrum 45, 2, pp. 109-121.
Retrieved December 22, 2010, from http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/331/331
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:18-4-3317

This report gives an account of the subject gateway ilissAfrica and some digitisation projects (Frobenius Institute, DEVA). It discusses recent European cooperation ventures in the field of librarianship (ELIAS). Finally, the report charts the new developments (e.g. interlibrary loan on e-journals) and services (e.g. Netvibes dashboard, Wiki) in connection with Frankfurt University Library’s special collection “Africa South of the Sahara”, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). They try to address the changing needs of researchers and to handle information overload, while keeping up with the latest developments.


Compare some further publications on ilissAfrica and on the Frankfurt Special Collection:

  • Cohen, Nadia / Thomas Siebold (2009), Recherchieren im digitalen Zeitalter. Virtuelle Fachbibliothek ilissAfrica, in: Periplus. Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte, 19, 148-151.
  • Bergenthum, Hartmut (2008), „Ozeanien“ und „Afrika südlich der Sahara“. Zwei Sammlungen in der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main mit bundesweitem Versorgungsauftrag, in: Jahrbuch für europäische Überseegeschichte, 8, 239-252.
  • Bergenthum, Hartmut (2007), Country Presentation Germany, Inaugural Meeting of ELIAS, Leiden, 2007, in: African Research & Documentation, 105, 39-43.
  • Bergenthum, Hartmut (2006), Neues vom Sondersammelgebiet „Afrika südlich der Sahara“, in: Afrika Spectrum, 41, 2, 303-304. (JSTOR Stable URL)
  • Wolcke-Renk, Irmtraud Dietlinde (2004), Afrika südlich der Sahara (SSG 6,31) : aus der Afrika-Abteilung der Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main : Klostermann.