BDPI offers different forms of access to the resources integrated.
The home page provides a first approach to collections, pieces of news or highlighted content through its dynamic "carousel".
The “Collections” section contains var¡ous selections of resources, grouped by themes, genres or types of materials, as a means for discovering all that unites and also singles out each of the national collections included in BDPI.
Searches in BDPI can be done through a simple search, querying directly into the fields for author, title, subject and description of bibliographic record, or through an advanced search, in more than one field at a time. It is also possible to select the library collections where the search should be done, as well as the types of document or languages. Search within the text of documents is also possible, provided that the material has previously been treated with optical character recognition.
Once the results have been obtained, we can change the number of records to be displayed, and sort the results by author, title, date or relevance (according to the ranking internally given by the search engine to each record).
From this results page, filters on the left side allow to refine search by institution, subject and document type.
By clicking on the title link of each record, we can see more details for the given work, in the “full display” view. But when clicking on the thumbnail or the link to the digital object, we navigate towards the external interface where each institution offers the given digital resource – each with their own navigation features or functionalities.
BDPI does not store digital objects but the bibliographic information and metadata referred to them. Details and conditions for access and use to the digital objects are eventually subject to the terms and conditions set by each participant for the resources in their own repository.