Photographic collections of municipal libraries

Quantitative factors for evaluating the photographic collections of municipal libraries are lacking, but a certain number of remarkable collections have already been identified. Consideration of the conservation, promotion and enrichment of these collections is one part of a global set of problems - which concern archives and museums as well as libraries - about safeguarding the photographic heritage of France, while having to bear in mind the special characteristics of municipal libraries. The diversity of missions and collections is a constraint that is impossible to ignore, but it can also allow for an original approach.