The Law, Economics and Politics Department (département Droit, économie, politique) aims to provide readers with resources for understanding the contemporary world.
The Reference Library's Press room (room B) reflects current events by presenting almost 300 daily and weekly generalist news titles covering the past three months. Moreover, the department houses in room D a Business Resources and Information Center (Pôle de Ressources et d’Information Sur le Monde de l’Entreprise/PRISME) focused on business life and key sectors of economic activity, as well as the Centre de ressources Europe (Resource center on Europe), which makes available essential information resources and news about how the European Union works.
Calculating machine by Maurel and Jayet, L’Illustration, 1849
The Law, Economics and Politics Department maintains and adds to collections on the following topics:
These printed collections are supplemented by rich digital collections:
The collections of the Law, Economics and Politics Department are indexed in the Catalogue général de la BnF.
The Centre de ressources Europe (Resource center on Europe) is located on the mezzanine floor in room D of the Reference Library. Targeted to the general public, it makes available essential information resources and news about how the European Union works.
Online documents to complement the collections about the EU in room D. The portal offers a selection of resources to follow the European political, economic and institutional news.
History of the department
The decision to create the Law, Economics and Politics Department was made when designing what was to become, in 1994, the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This institution was formed by merging the former National Library with the Établissement public de la Bibliothèque de France.
The department’s collections include both:
- Heritage documents arising from the topical division of collections belonging to the former Printed Materials Department of the National Library. These collections include extensive material obtained under the legal deposit scheme and revolutionary seizures, as well as acquisitions, donations, and bequests. They include the majority of documents printed in France since the 16th century.
- Documents acquired from 1991 onwards for the open-access collections held at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand).