To unite, to share, to act together: origins and early days of the ADBU

The ADBU (The Association of Directors of University Libraries, later the Association of the Directors of University Libraries and Information Services) was created in 1970, between the Directional Law of 1968 and the Library Services Act of 23 December 1970, to respond to the need for consultation on management problems in the face of new structures for universities. The first years of the association were marked by the upheaval provoked by the act; by the crisis in terms of funding which university libraries were contending with; by the suppression of the Direction des bibliothèques et de la lecture publique (DBLP, The Department for Books and Libraries) in 1975, followed by a period of turbulence in terms of ministerial administration.