Are libraries still the heirs to the Enlightenment?

The history of libraries in France has followed the country's republican model, based on equality, education, and emancipation for all. Libraries are seen as tools for training tomorrow's citizens. Yet their relationship to the political realm remains ambivalent as they seem to fear being seen as prescriptive or becoming instrumentalised. Given that they are powerful levers for democracy, what place do libraries hold in the political field?