Practices and expectations of researchers: the scientific multimedia library of the Pasteur Institute

In his search for information, the researcher has to follow a diverse and sometimes contradictory procedure. Scientific libraries have to adapt to these practices and to respond to very specific needs. The scientific multimedia library of the Pasteur Institute serves a community of 1,330 researchers. Its services have considerably increased in order to respond to the demands of the scientists. They connect mainly to the web server and advanced tools of information retrieval. Online information has very quickly brought about change in practices and sparked off a demand for speed, comprehensiveness and autonomy in access to information. The multimedia library today finds itself in the forefront of a multiple mission which has the advantage of encouraging dealings with scientists more than ever before.