The Library Council was founded in 1989 at the behest of the Ministries of Culture, Education and Research, but was mothballed in 2002. During its period of activity, it acted as an independent consultative body, publishing President’s Reports annually, then every other year. These reports were vital resources in understanding and appreciating French libraries. In an interview with BBF, Michel Melot, who wrote most of the reports, looks back at their origins, the context in which they were written, and their impact.