The place of maps and plans in the library

In this article, the author regrets the inadequateness of the place afforded to maps and plans in libraries, unidentified as subjects in librarianship, and often treated as an adjunct to iconographical documents. The intellectual and material treatment of cartographic documents requires specific knowledge, but some conservation methods can be adopted by all libraries. If the communication of these documents requires particularly strict measures, their digitization offers considerable opportunities today for their future enhancement.