The National University Library (BNU) in Strasbourg was founded after the fire that destroyed the old libraries of the Protestant seminary and the City of Strasbourg during the war in 1870. 300 000 volumes and 3 500 manuscripts were reduced to ashes. The disaster produced instant mobilisation, and the scale of the response to the appeal for donations launched throughout the German empire and the wider world was impressive. By 1873, the "Kaiserliche Universtäts und Landesbibliothek zu Strassburg", installed temporarily in the Château des Rohan, contained more than 200 000 volumes.

Directorate of Conservation and Heritage

The Directorate of Conservation and Heritage, headed by its Director, covers the department in charge of the reserve stacks, the restoration workshop, the iconography and cartography department, the digital library department, and book equipment.

Directorate of Collection Development

The Directorate of Collection Development covers the departments for the acquisition of monographs and periodicals, electronic resources, legal deposit, and incoming items.

Directorate of the Information System

The Directorate of the Information System is responsible for management of the IT Resources Centre and the retro-conversion and cataloguing departments.

Directorate of Services for the Public

The Directorate of Services for the Public is responsible for the departments in contact with the public, the shuttle service, and inter-library borrowing.

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National University Library - BNU
5 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
PO Box 51029
67070 Strasbourg cedex

Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 00
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 03


The Administration brings together all the services surrounding the institution's Administrator: the general secretariat, the 'New BNU' mission, the 'Training and Internal Communication' mission, the 'Cultural Action' mission, and International Relations & External Communication.

Board of Administration

The Decree of 15 January 1992 amended by the Decree of 8 September 2010 gave the BNU a new Board of Administration, comprising 29 elected or co-opted members, who are natural or legal persons, plus a further 11 members with consultative status.
The Chairman of the BNU's Board of Administration is Jacques Le Rider.

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