Different libraries around the world: national library

International Librarians Network

For the first special focus in our discussion topic around different types of libraries, we’re going to start big, with national libraries.

"India Education" by Avrajyoti Mitra - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons National Library of India – “India Education” by Avrajyoti Mitra – Flickr. Licensed under CC via Wikimedia Commons

National libraries are seen as the library of the country – so Britain has  the British Library, Brazil has the National Library of Brazil, and Bhutan has the National Library of Bhutan.

National libraries are funded by the government, and usually have a remit to be open and accessible to all citizens of that country. Their role is often governed by legislation, which imposes responsibilities on the library to collect and house certain types of material. National libraries may also be responsible for developing and maintaining standards such as cataloguing and library management standards, or even a catalogue of the holdings of other libraries in their country. They…

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