Libraries, policies and research

The written word is the path to knowledge, the library that disseminates it is a political tool which can be studied from several points of view. The author of the article has addressed four aspects: the history of public politics, their evaluation, the co-management of libraries' sector by the state and their librarians, the relationship between the latter and the world of politics. She evokes the research which has already been undertaken, and indicates fields which have yet to be explored.