The Public libraries in Quebec : appraisal and future prospects

Presentation of the report to the Ministry of Cultural affairs on public libraries in Quebec (July 1987). How to solve the crisis affecting libraries in Quebec ? After assessing their present state of development, the Commission has decided for a more rational sharing out of the responsibilities between the Government and the municipalities ; therefore, she proposes a new law on libraries, that would take the technical progresses into consideration, and central organs to see to its application. Various aspects of library management are dealt with, from evaluation means to funding problems, together with provision of services free of charge. Further more, the Commission insists on the necessary networking of the public libraries in Quebec. Related problems are also discussed, such as book prices and public viewing of videotapes.