France’s libraries discovering a new lease of life beyond just books

Seminars, events and cafes are helping some formerly staid institutions reinvent themselves as ‘third spaces’ beyond work and the home.

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Back in the 1950s Juliette Gréco sang Je hais les dimanches(I hate Sundays), but would she have found them quite so dull if public libraries had been open? It is still an open question in France, where museums and cinemas welcome the public on this day of rest, but not yet libraries, reports The Guardian.