To demonstrate how to create a shared C library and using it with Python’s ctypes library we are going to create a shared C library. First create the C header file mean.h:

    // Returns the mean of passed parameters
    double mean(double, double);

Next create the C file mean.c:

    #include "mean.h"

    double mean(double a, double b) {
        return (a+b)/2;

Now we can create the shared C library by compiling it using gcc:

    $ gcc -shared -o mean.c

Finally we can import the shared C library using the ctypes Python module, consider the following interative shell:

    >>> import ctypes
    >>> libmean = ctypes.CDLL('./') # loads the shared library
    >>> libmean.mean.restype = ctypes.c_double # define mean function return type
    >>> libmean.mean(ctypes.c_double(10), ctypes.c_double(3)) # call mean function needs cast arg types
    >>> libmean.mean.argtypes = [ctypes.c_double, ctypes.c_double] # define arguments types
    >>> libmean.mean(10, 3) # call mean function does not need cast arg types
    >>> type(libmean.mean(10, 5)) # returned value is converted to python types
    <class 'float'>

This was tested using Python 3.6.4 and gcc 7.3.1 on Fedora 27. Check the ctypes documentation for more information.