Books, serials, and videos account for most of the material acquired. Streaming video is acquired when possible for instructional purposes. Most books come in paper format, and paper is preferred for literary works. The Penn Libraries acquires works of history and criticism in electronic format, when available and depending, to some extent, on cost. Microform is acquired when necessary. Dissertations (whether from France, the U.S., or elsewhere) are not normally acquired. The Libraries provides links to sites devoted to French literature, which are included in the French Studies guide. Data sets such as textual corpora may be acquired as the need and availability warrants.
Collections focus on publications from all parts of the francophone world, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Primarily French, and translations of French literature in English. Scholarly books are acquired in both French and English, and, in some cases, in other western languages. We strive to acquire videos in French with English subtitles.
5. Publication dates
Emphasis on current materials, with selective retrospective purchasing as required.
6. Open Access
Products that lead to open access publications and resources receive priority. Proprietary resources in which we would not normally invest receive greater consideration if they support a competitive market with varied publishing models.