The Director for development of the collections and the Assistant Director are responsible for drawing up and implementing the acquisition and enhancement policy in respect of the library’s recent printed collections (monographs and periodicals) and electronic collections. They coordinate the scientific policy applied by the curators responsible for acquisitions; in this context, they help in selecting what is to be digitised and run the research programmes set up by the BNU and its outside partners. Lastly, they manage the annual budget for the BNU’s acquisition of documents (€1 050 000 in 2011).
The acquisition of monographs represents the most important part of the increase in numbers of documents at the BNU, which comes as no surprise for an institution that focuses on the human and social sciences.
Printed periodicals (5 148 active titles in 2010; 32 000 titles in all) constitute one of the BNU's great riches because of their number and diversity, covering every area of the human and social sciences. On a par with acquisitions of monographs, the number of non-French publications (1 732 titles in 2010) is witness to the institution's international dimension. The regional dimension is represented by a set of 1 812 active titles, i.e.
Alongside its printed resources, the BNU also makes available to its
Since its foundation, the BNU has had the benefit of the statutory deposit of copies of every publication printed in Alsace (books, periodicals, brochures, leaflets, posters, etc), which makes it the memory of everything printed in the region. In 2009 it received almost 7 000 documents and 2 052 titles of periodicals in this way.
The Incoming Items Department receives all the printed monographs that arrive at the BNU as the result of purchase, checks compliance with the delivery notes, enters the works in the computerised catalogue, and allocates a pressmark to each one. It constitutes the first stage in the chain of processing books, and is in constant contact with the library's various suppliers, both in France and elsewhere.