Mediation in public libraries

To what extent can cultural mediation based on the book contribute to reducing the dichotomy between the desire of public libraries to be cultural spaces open to all, and reality, which is that they operate selectively? The author‘s study of mediation, particularly the context in which it arose and the contradictions inherent in public libraries, has enabled him to establish a definition of cultural mediation based on the book and a typology of mediators and to note the real progress that mediation has made in reducing cultural inequalities. He also raises the issue of the representations and legitimacy of mediation.