The opportunities brought about by the development of the Internet are vast for the university community. However, results observed in the various sectors concerned differ widely. Publishing resources in the French language, in particular, remain on the sidelines of this movement. That is why it is essential to invent new technical models, legal and economic to allow for the growth of digital libraries. This has been the aim of the Manum project which in the context of the "Campus numériques" programme has brought together higher education institutions, publishing houses and two research laboratories. The article discusses the results of this research based on the study of a group considered as having priority -first year students in the humanities and social sciences.