Using architecture to promote heritage collections: a case study at the Municipal Libraries with a Regional Vocation in the Champagne region

How can the drive to support public reading be balanced with the need to develop heritage resources? How to encourage public access to heritage collections, traditionally considered somewhat intimidating? The three municipal libraries with a regional catchment area in the Champagne region, based in Reims, Troyes, and Châlons-en-Champagne, have all chosen very different ways to promote their heritage collections, with a range of architectural solutions for closed stacks, reading rooms, and display areas.