Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, has awarded the 2011 Independent Bookshop Reference label to 46 new establishments, bringing the number of bookshops sold to 514. These quality establishments are representative of the diversity of French bookshop shops, since they are small structures as well as larger establishments. Distributed over the whole territory, in small and medium-sized towns as well as in large urban centres, the labelled bookshops testify to the homogeneity of the territorial network of the independent bookshop in France.

The Independent Reference Library label is a measure implemented in
place in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Decree
n°2009-395 of 8 April 2009), intended to support and enhance the work of
selection, advice and cultural animation made by bookshops of
quality, which play a key role in promoting diversity
editorial and cultural animation of the territories.

It is valid for three years and is granted by the
Culture and Communication, on the proposal of the President of the Centre
National Book Commission (CNL), after deliberation of the commission chaired by
Antoine Gallimard, who brings together book professionals and
representatives of the state and local authorities. It opens the possibility for
institutions certified to benefit, after deliberation of the
competent local authorities (regions, departments, municipalities or
communities of municipalities), an exemption from contributions that
make up the Territorial Economic Contribution (Article 1464-I of the Code
general tax).