Corpus in a Classification Plan: the Experience of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

The recourse to a corpus of authors for collections of monographs on open access, that is to say to the assembly on the shelves of works and criticism concerning a given author, does not lend itself to a method of classification of works: it constitutes, well beyond classification, the exercise of a political context for the constitution of holdings on open access for certain disciplines. This article presents the procedures applied to collections on open access at the Tolbiac-François-Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, as much in the area of acquisitions as in so-called classification, and to draw a first appraisal of the advantages and limits of this mode of constitution and presentation of collections.