Public libraries and religious fact: for an open secularism

In France relations of libraries and librarians with religious fact fit within a lively and contentious historical context. Claiming for their institutions the heritage of the Enlightenment, librarians display, in the name of reason, a cautious, not to say critical, attitude towards religious fact. In view of the increase in fundamentalism, however, it seems sensible to encourage libraries to present their readers with all the tools for a lucid approach to the religious phenomenon and to establish within collections all the links between religion and other fields of knowledge.