The International Exchange Department

The International Exchange Department represents an alternative source for the foreign publications (books, periodicals) acquisition that complements the collections of "Mihai Eminescu" Central University Library (CUL). By the Exchange program there are established some permanent connections between CUL and different institutions alike from all over the world based on a mutual trust.

In a period when the publications' exchange had drastically diminished, "Mihai Eminescu" CUL Iaşi remains a powerful player on the international stage, still having more than 124 partners from 41 countries.

The most active partners of CUL are:

  • The Library of Congress
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Pittsburgh Library
  • Indiana University Library, Bloomington
  • Academie des Sciences et Lettres de Montpellier
  • Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France
  • Université de Lausanne

The activity of this department consists of the followings:

  • The initiation and preserving and maintenance of the exchange relationships by a sustained correspondence in a language of an international expansion
  • The search on the Internet of some new exchange partners
  • The organizing of some lists with Romanian titles offer
  • The request of the interesting titles from the foreign partners offer lists
  • The primary cataloguing of the received publications in the online catalogue using ALEPH integrated library system
  • The expedition abroad of the parcels with books and periodicals
  • The receiving/reception of the parcels from abroad with the requested books according the accompanying documents.

The publications exchange is meant to increase both the current and the retrospective library collections, with books and periodicals that cannot be procured by the traditional acquisitions methods.