Since their earliest days, libraries have struggled with meeting two opposing goals: preservation of materials and adequate user access to those same materials. Adequate user access to library materials includes physical access as well as providing a navigable system of organization that allows users to find needed materials. Although the privileging of access over preservation may seem like a modern concept, two seminal library treatises published a year apart in seventeenth-century France championed the issue of increased library access, especially by establishing usable organization in their respective collections: Gabriel Naudé’s Avis pour dresser une bibliothèque and Claude Clement’s Musei, sive Bibliothecae tam privatae quam publicae extructio, instructio, cura, usus…
Grant, Erin M.
"Two Views on the Increasing Importance of Library Access in the Seventeenth Century: Gabriel Naudé and Claude Clement,"
Georgia Library Quarterly:
4, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/glq/vol50/iss4/10