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Rare Books And Revolutionaries: The French Bibliothèques Municipales

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In the French scholarly community the rare book collections of the Bibliothèques Municipales remain relatively under-used. The search for the origins of the extraordinary riches of the Bibliothèques Municipales carries us back to one of the seminal events of French history: the French Revolution. The unusual riches of the libraries of France, and particularly the collections of the religious houses, attracted admiring comments from many contemporaries. The nineteenth century witnessed, in France, a drive to broaden educational provision to the mass of the population. The 1833 Primary Education act was a further stimulus to the creation of new municipal libraries. A law of 13 July 1992 made provision for the construction of twelve Bibliothèques Municipales à vocation règionale: new or enhanced facilities in major regional centres of population, with 40% of the necessary finance provided by central government.

Keywords: 1833 primary education act; French Bibliothèques Municipales; French revolution; French scholarly community



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