The acquisition policy of the bibliothèque de la Sorbonne : foundations and principles

Created in the second half of the XVIIIth century, the Paris university library, now called Sorbonne, always defined itself by a demanding policy of stock improvement. It seemed necessary to update this policy and to inform about it. The stock tradition on the one hand, the tasks of the library and the users' needs on the other hand are the two foundations of the plan which wants to favour useful to search in humanities publications. In that general context acquisitions are largely opened to foreign production (more than 60 %). A particular attention is given to great scholarly bookstocks bought systematically and to serials just as to sources and reference works. The criteria for selection try to favour the setting-up of an homogeneous bookstock qualified to collect the most solid, the newest and the most lasting books.