April 10, 2001—One of the world's most prestigious libraries, the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne in Paris, France, has chosen Millennium from Innovative Interfaces as its new library automation system.
The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, based on the original library of the University of Paris from France's Ancien Régime, was founded in 1770. The University of Paris split into several separate universities in the 1960s, each one subsequently developing its own academic library. The Sorbonne, however, was the only library to have kept the prestigious collections held by the original University of Paris library and was given inter-university status; this means that the library is bound by contract to provide access to professors, researchers, and students from each of the Parisian institutions that emerged from the original university.
Marie-Bernadette Jullien, Director of the library, said, "The adaptable and flexible structure of Millennium, provided by APIs and Java clients, will mean that we will be able to continue to follow our traditional and well-developed working practices that ensure we can meet the needs of our libraries and users. The high configurability of Millennium, and Innovative's capacity to adapt the software to meet the needs of the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, helped us in making our decision. Also of particular importance was the high quality of Millennium's OPAC and its ability to handle our complex in-house circulation and access-control requirements. Finally, the reputation of Innovative Interfaces for its automation of other prestigious academic libraries, as well as their capacity to keep pace with information and technological evolution, contributed to our selection of the Millennium system."
Mark Carden, Innovative's Director of European and Asian Pacific, added, "The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne is one of the most prestigious libraries in the world, with a collection that is of great importance to a wide range of scholars. It is an honor for us to be selected to bring the Sorbonne's library automation into the twenty-first century with our Web-based system, Millennium. This is the third, and largest, project we have undertaken in France to date; we expect to be working with many more academic and public libraries in France in the near future."
The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne consists of three libraries: the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne itself, the Bibliothèque Victor Cousin, and the Bibliothèque de l'Institut de Géographie. The library's inherited and modern collection represents approximately 3 million volumes and 18,000 magazine titles. Specializing in human sciences, its areas of excellence are in antiques, philosophy, history, literature, and geography. It also has a very rich collection of rare and precious books in the form of archives, handwritten manuscripts, ancient books, engravings, maps, and iconographic documents. More information about the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, is available at www.sorbonne.fr.