When I hear the word patrimony, I reach for my gun

Taking as an example the Municipal Library in Douai where he is Director, the author of the article revisits the general problem of the enormity of the work of conservation and the enhancement of the patrimony of the BM. The collections preserved in Douai are caracterised in particular by the absence of an overall coherence; the heterogeneousness of the media; only partial cataloguing and unsatisfactory conditions for conservation. The author tackles the question of means and priorities and proposes the creation of regional structures to save the written heritage.