The Public reading development policies in the departments : assessment and forecast.

The public reading development policies in the departments : state-of-the-art of the program carried out by the Direction du livre et de la lecture since 1982. These policies had been set up in prospect of the devolution and their main object was first to ensure the development of the central lending libraries, and then to redirect the public reading programme. The policies come within the framework of a contractual programme established between the Government and the departments and defined after consultation with the local directors for cultural affairs and the managers of the central lending libraries. At the moment, half the departments have already signed for a programme. The first results reveal an important development of the means of the central lending libraries (posts, bookmobiles, buildings) in spite of some differences in their distribution. The detailed account of the means is introduced in annex.