Can the library outlast its users?

The author of this article emphasises the dual nature of the library, at the same time a public institution and a space for the consummation of cultural goods, in a new economic and commercial environment which tends to render commonplace cultural and leisure goods and services. He suggests that the library, instead of deploring consumerism, should explore its significance in order to widen its public and above all to propose services adapted to the greatest number.