The Network of Libraries and Archives of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) is part of the Scientific Information System (SIC) and is made up of the Unit of Resources of Scientific Information for Research (URICI) and 60 specialized libraries distributed by several Autonomous Communities, one in Rome plus 5 associated external libraries, in addition to 14 scientific archives. The libraries of the Network are located in research centers, which belong to the CSIC or that this body shares with universities or other research organizations. Network CSIC Libraries and Archives also provides library services to staff research centers and institutes that have no library through the Plan 100% Digital.
The CSIC Network of Libraries and Archives is a horizontal system of scientific information that allows the selection, organization, diffusion, access and conservation of information resources in order to be a useful tool for the research carried out by the CSIC. The Network of Libraries and Archives supports scientific excellence by guaranteeing physical and electronic access to information for a multidisciplinary research community such as CSIC through the use of local and remote infrastructures and quality services.
The statistical data of the Network of Libraries and Archives of the CSIC show the annual evolution of the different services and information tools (Catalogs, Virtual Library, Digital.CSIC repository and use of digital collections). Annual information is also provided on the different services of circulation of funds: loan, photocopies, use in the room and interlibrary loan. Likewise, data are provided on communication channels used as tools to inform and disseminate, especially those related to the web and web 2.0: web page of the Network, Digital.CSIC website, Enredadera Magazine, Twitter, Service Virtual Assistance and Reference, Blog ECo, Conectados.0 (web for mobile devices) and intranet of the Network.
The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) is the largest public research body in the Spanish scientific system. It is an institution that produces archival documentation resulting from the administrative and scientific activity carried out in the centers and institutes distributed in all its autonomous communities. Its most immediate historical antecedent is the Junta de Ampliación de Estudios created in 1907, whose scientific project is documented in some archives of the CSIC .
The main archives of the CSIC are those of those centers with a greater historical journey such as the National Museum of Natural Sciences, the Royal Botanic Garden and the Center for Human and Social Sciences. On the other hand, there are other archival funds guarded in the libraries, not less important but of smaller size as they are those of the Institute Cajal, the Botanical Institute of Barcelona, the School of Hispanic American Studies of Seville, the Institution Milà i Fontanals, the School Of Arab Studies, etc.