Minimal libraries: a view from Corrèze

Small libraries should not be seen as the exception: rather, they are the rule, particularly in rural regions such as Corrèze (southern France). Nor are they any lesser than larger libraries. In most cases, they meet a need for local services. However, the way such services are planned could benefit from a rethink. With the dawn of the digital era, libraries need to be able to meet specific requests from readers in a timely fashion. The development of new information and communication tools does not necessarily mean the closure of such services: rather, it opens up a whole new range of possibilities for them.