ICB has a Central Vivarium and several departmental Vivariums. The main purpose of the Central Vivarium is to breed rats (Rattus norvergicus) for research and to a lesser extent, for teaching.

This Vivarium has an average annual production of 18,000 animals and for this purpose relies on a team of 10 people, ranging from assistants to senior technicians. These are constantly enrolled in refresher courses held by the actual Institute or by other institutions.

Besides the production of rats, this Vivarium organizes the purchase and distribution of animal feed and wood shavings for the experimentation vivariums of this Institute, and counsels researchers on the purchase, handling, health control and maintenance of vivarium animals.

In 2002 the Central Vivarium implemented an Animal Health Control Laboratory that applies bacteriological and parasitological controls.

The Vivarium of Isogenic Mice of the Department of Immunology of ICB/USP has existed since 1984. In this Vivarium the department breeds mice of isogenic strains under Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) conditions. The production of mice is essentially intended to serve the purposes of researchers from the Department of Immunology and other researchers of ICB/USP. In addition, it provides breeding females and animals for experimentation to other Universities or Research Institutions from all over the country.

There are several maintenance and experimentation Vivariums in the various Departments that satisfy the specific needs of the researchers. A wide variety of animals are bred, including mice, pigeons, mosquitoes and other insects.


Located in Biomedical Building I, on the 1st floor, unique to ICB, open to the public in general with free access for reference, it provides:

  • 14,800 research and didactic books; 199 current titles (50,000 fascicles);
  • 599 items from the multimedia library with an archive of books in CD-ROM, laser video projector and educational software;
  • 71 internet points, 35 with public access.

The entire network is connected to USPnet and to SIBiNet (USP Integrated Library System Network), with access to:

  • 48 databases intended for research in the biological and multidisciplinary fields;
  • 22,726 titles of periodicals with online access;
  • 252,318 titles of electronic books,
  • DEDALUS (Bibliographical Catalogue of USP) that enables bibliographical materials to be located in any of the 44 libraries of USP, besides promoting visibility of the scientific production of the teaching staff of the entire University.

Besides offering virtual access to the system, it integrates the national and international bibliographic commutation networks, enabling users to search for documents by means of interlibrary loan. Starting in February 2011, it began to operate the “Unified Lending System of USP’s Libraries”, serving the entire community of students, professors and employees of the University.