Public Libraries and the Quiet Revolution in Quebec

In Quebec, distrust of books inspired by the catholic clergy goes back a long way. In the early 1960s there were very few public libraries, the level of schooling was poor and publishing in its infancy. The advent of the Quiet Revolution in 1960 encouraged, amongst other things, the development of public library networks; but a real policy for books and reading was not launched until 1998. The author of the article offers a slightly contrasted assessment of its performance.