General Inspectorate for Libraries Reports

The planning and distribution of reports by the General Inspectorate for Libraries has made great strides in recent years, particularly thanks to decentralisation and the introduction of an adversarial system in 2005. The article begins with a brief look back at developments since the Inspectorate was founded in 1822 before describing the process whereby matters are referred to it and the principal aspects of its remit, covering reports on individual libraries distributed solely to the relevant authorities and studies on given themes for general distribution. The article also gives a brief evaluation of their impact.