The General public and films : the policy of the BPI

Introduction and results of the films diffusion policy at the BPI. This policy has been developed according to the features of the library : integration into Georges Pompidou Center, and location in the heart of Paris. The guiding principles were : development of a collection of documentaries on current events, for reference only; multimedia introduction and transfer of the films on videotapes. On the same way, the BPI is promoting documentaries through several joint-productions and through the animation of the festival Cinéma du réel. These operations have been so successful that the reference points were soon congested. The library is testing new methods to increase dissémination : semi-open access, increase in the number of individual monitors, collective consultation, videodisc.