Developing academic libraries heritage

Actions towards academic libraries manuscript and printed heritage have been reinforced since the end of the eighties, and are now a part of the documentary policy, negociated in the pluri-annual contracts. Some spectaculary actions have been conducted : transfer of the Library of art and archeology to the rue de Richelieu (the setting of the actual Bibliothèque nationale), microfilming of medieval manuscripts by the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes. The development of a preservation and valorization policy needs now a better knowledge of the collections, a better training of the staff. It is also necessary to keep the researchers better informed of thèse problems.