The "bibliothèques municipales à vocation régionale": from myth to reality

The law of July 13th 1992 has allowed, in five years, the launch of twelve municipal libraries dedicated to their regions, resources of scale conceived by renowned architects. The participation of the State in these operations must reach 550 million francs. The originality of this programme resides in the term "regional dedication", a denomination rich in potential, but still imperfectly translated into facts. Beyond the relative debates about this new concept, in reality it stirs debate to determine, at the local level, the priority actions to carry out in the area of cooperation between libraries. At all states of involvement, the success of this programme pleads for an enlargement in the notion of BMVR to the other large municipal libraries, and for the emplacement of a financial mechanism adapted to similar projects to come.