A major art library in preparation: the INHA library

This article presents the Institut national d'histoire de l'art: its gestation, its missions, its site, its organization and the programmes it is putting in place. The role of the INHA is to support research in art and architectural history and to ensure it has a library worthy of its needs. The author highlights the work in architecture and above all in librarianship opened up by the preparation of this library, born of three existing libraries and associated with the Bibliothèque de l'École nationale des chartes. What must follow will be to define a collection policy; to develop poles of excellence in the field of patrimony; to encourage collaboration between the librarians and researchers concerned; to allow free access to part of the collection and to build an electronic history of art library.