Missions and organisation
From the beginning, the Public Information Library (Bpi) has established itself as a unique institution of its kind. Its missions are set out in articles two and three of its founding legislation dated January 27, 1976 :
- “to offer to all, and as openly as possible, a constant up-to-date selection of French and foreign collections of general information and current events”.
- “to build a centre for document research, in collaboration with the other centres, libraries and cultural establishments”.
- ”to participate in the cultural activities of the cultural complex of the Georges Pompidou Centre.”
The Bpi is organised since its creation along three main principles:
- open access: that is, free of charge with an emphasis on the autonomy of the reader.
- the up-to-date nature of its information, owing to the constant monitoring and renewal of the collections.
- the search for the most adapted and innovative means to access the books and information, including remotely.
The Bpi also listens closely to its users. It provides expertise on all of the resources and responds to needs that are very different, such as leisure, continuing education, preparation for examinations, the hazards of everyday life…
As a national library, the Bpi also has an important mission of cooperation: to promote, through different action programmes, the circulation and sharing of good practice between French public libraries as well as improving their visibility on an international level.