The University of Bayonne wanted to centralize all university files in the heart of the city of Bayonne. It is on this site, fortified by Vauban and today classified as a historical monument, that the new library of 1.500m2 was constructed.
In order to blend the interior equipment with the design of the building, the architects Jean de Giacinto opened a call for tenders to equip the reading and storage rooms with metal library shelving. The university particularly appreciated the many accessories available with the library shelving: infill panels, periodical boxes, solid panels, suspended dividers etc. Shelving in the reading hall was equipped with direct lighting to create a peaceful and pleasant environment.