The BNU is the second most important library in France, with unique specialised collections (including Egyptology and manuscripts on Rhineland mysticism) and a European research library. It is a flagship documentary library at the regional, national and international level. With 16 000 registered users and more than 350 000 visitors each year, the library is an emblematic part of Strasbourg. The BNU also has a much-visited Internet site.
It conserves and enhances the heritage, developing access to the collections; through its cultural policy, the BNU is involved in many different types of action, in which private companies, institutions, local authorities and foundations are invited to join.
Support for the BNU may take many forms, including the acquisition of heritage works and documents, help with restoring precious documents, involvement in staging exhibitions or occasional events, digitisation, and the publication of lavishly illustrated reference books.
Becoming involved in the BNU's work means becoming involved in safeguarding a heritage that concerns the people and the cultural dynamism of Alsace; it also involves ensuring that future generations have free, equal access to knowledge.
In 2010, sponsorship made it possible inter alia to stage two international exhibitions, one a Franco-German exhibition on entitled Friedrich Hölderlin: Présences du poète, and the other a Franco-Russian exhibition entitled Pouchkine illustré, which was part of Franco-Russian Year in 2010 and as a result received international media coverage.
The BNU would like to thank its sponsors and all those who are involved in its activities, including:
-Mr Albert Châtelet, President of the Association of Friends of the BNU and all the members of the association,
-the Foundation for Franco-German Entente,
And among local authorities and public institutions:
-the Centre National du Livre,
-the Alsace Region,
-the Land of Baden-Württemberg,
-the General Council of the Bas-Rhin département,
-the City and Urban Community of Strasbourg.