High curiosity an unlimited learning: general cultural knowledge and university libraries

The introduction of a general cultural knowledge programme into the university curriculum (defined as cultural and scientific environment of specialised knowledge) has developed into "a decisive mission of our higher education programme". It is also a blow against excessive specialisation, the acceleration in the transfer of knowledge, as well as higher mobility in an evolving Europe. In view of this important project, embedded in today's overall problems, university libraries must unaffectedly play their role through its well-established position (principles, statutes, objectives and staff). Above all it is important to review, extend and confirm the new objectives and to obtain the financial resources necessary to carry out this vital and ambitious programme in close collaboration with the teaching staff.