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In Paris, libraries are also refuges: "Here, the homeless regain a status"

2023-12-07T12:09:41.908Z

Highlights: In Paris, libraries are also refuges: "Here, the homeless regain a status" Precariousness is growing in the streets and is inviting itself into the shelves of the fifty or so Parisian media libraries. These can be adapted to. adapt to the needs of the homeless, as well as the general public. The city has more than 50 media libraries, some of which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The libraries are located in the Pajol hall, the Václav-Havel Library and the Goutte d'Or.


Precariousness is growing in the streets and is inviting itself into the shelves of the fifty or so Parisian media libraries. These can be adapted to


Haroun kept his black anorak on his back. The cold wind that makes the capital shiver has nevertheless remained at the door of the Václav-Havel Library, a stone's throw from the bubbling Goutte d'Or (18th century). Through the large bay windows, the rails leading to the Gare de l'Est seem frozen under the white sky of this first day of December.

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The afternoon flies. By 19 p.m., when the library closes, Haroun will pick up the meagre plastic bag that serves as his suitcase. Then the 24-year-old Sudanese man will go back in search of shelter for the night. Since his arrival in Paris two months ago, his days and nights have been the same. Haroun comes "every day" to this municipal media library located in the Pajol hall. "I feel good here," he says shyly, through a friend who is translating.

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Source: leparis

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