What Pierre Rosanvallon refers to as the “political culture of generality” in France doubtless shapes the relationship between public libraries and the wider society. The changes currently underway in libraries suggest that this relationship is moving to a new stage, shifting legitimacy from librarians to users. This raises several important questions. How are professional attitudes changing? What political project does this change reflect? Will public libraries lose their identity in the utopia of a self-regulating society?