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Bibliothèque municipale
 


It has been designed in 1976 by the French architect Roger Taillibert whose Agency of international reputation is called on by numerous countries to cooperate into important works (he designed particularly the Parc des Princes and the Montreal Olympic Stadium).

The Library buildings are filled with diffused light in a greenery frame, near the city centre. This spacious and functional area of 3200 m² gathers :

  • a section for adults and adolescents
  • a study room
  • a youth area
  • a music and video library
  • a culture and multimedia area with the Midi-Pyrénées Castres-Mazamet Cyber-base
  • exhibition halls
  • an auditorium (199 seats)
  • warehouses for:
    - Municipal Records
    - The Heritage Book Stock including local stock printings, books dating from the XVIth century to the beginning of the XXth century, with more than 5000 rare and valuable books.


The institution is open to everybody for free consultation of documents in situ, particularly newspapers, rare and ancient books.

Bibliothèque municipale, section enfants

The catalogue of collections in loan is computerised and may be consulted on a computer or on cards for old collections. It lists the documents purchased by the central library and its annexe library along with documentary collections of the Goya’s Museum.

"The public library as a living force for education, culture and information and as an essential agent for the fostering of peace and spiritual welfare through the minds of men and women " [Extract of the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto, 1994].

The city of Castres, via the public library, proposes freely exhibitions, meetings, concerts, conferences, readings... towards any public in order to promote the whole of its documentary collections.