Libraries: helping job-seekers back to work 

It has proved difficult to set up joint projects between libraries and services for job-seekers, although libraries clearly have a key role to play in this arena, especially in the light of their remit as providers of life-long learning. This article describes pioneering experiments at the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, the careers information service at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie library, and the European Liberator programme in the Aquitaine region, where the unemployed were invited to use self-teaching and job-seeking resources. It underlines that despite some progress, full recognition of the role of libraries in public policy support for job-seekers is still a long way off.