The Bibliothèque’s acquisitions policy also includes the following points:
general history, regional and national history, the history of science (FR)
French language and literature (FR) (with emphasis on the 16th and 18th centuries)
the history of religions (FR) (in particular Calvinism and Protestantism)
ancient Greece and Rome, antiquity (FR)
Finally, other fields of the human sciences (music, cinema, the arts) and the social sciences (geography, economy, sociology, etc.) are also covered, although in a more generalist approach. As for music, the Bibliothèque de Genève (Bastions) and la Musicale (Maison des arts du Grütli) work together in making acquisitions of non-printed music. For printed music, la Musicale sets its own policy.
The Bibliothèque policy concerning documents also extends to digital items (see Digital library), whose share of what is available on the martket has been increasing regularly. The Bibliothèque de Genève works closely with the University of Geneva library and is a member of the Consortium of Swiss academic libraries.
Purchases are aimed at both an educated general readership and the academic world. Priority goes to French publications, notably university-level studies and books on general knowledge. Academic works are also acquired in English, German, and Italian, although the choice is narrower.
In order for the collections of the Bibliothèque de Genève to live and grow despite the constraints imposed by the available space, a rational approach to managing the storage areas has been put in place. A selective conservation policy and a regular critical review of the collections are also important aspects of our documents policy.