The library at the Saint-Louis de France Cultural Centre in Rome

Since the Saint-Louis de France Cultural Centre was founded in Rome in 1945, the mission of its unique library has been to promote French culture and thought, both religious and otherwise. An overemphasis on religious tradition to the detriment of the Centre’s non-religious mission, limiting the readership, together with the need to modernise both the collections and the premises, have led to a project to transform the library into a multimedia library and information centre on France. The new library will thus act as a showcase for the best of modern-day France, while not entirely losing its religious dimension.