The Law on Libraries and State Control

The Ministry of Culture has started to work on a law on libraries. The author specifies the reasons which could establish its usefulness from the point of view of specialized supervision exercised by the State over libraries. This right to permanent supervision, through the Inspection générale des bibliothèques, is already clearly established in the case of libraries in universities and the regions. Furthermore, the improvement in the exercise of this supervision does not come under a law. On the other hand, a law would be necessary to submit other categories of library to specialized and permanent supervision by the State in order to reinforce the obligation made to the government bodies to respect certain instructions and to accompany those instructions with sanctions when they are not carried out. So many options which imply that the State has to take a position on the role which it considers its duty to assume in the field of supervision.