The French collections across the Rhine

Evaluation of human and social sciences collections in French - research level - in the Federal Republic of Germany. An enquiry, suggested by the DBMIST, was held in several university libraries : the importance of collections in French (books and journals) can be assessed for each subject. Although the French language remains in a higher position as for literature and linguistics, French books seem to be less and less read than English books and translations. Two main reasons are at the origin of this situation : first, a lack of knowledge about the French language among German students and teachers; and also insufficient relations between publishers and book-sellers of both countries.