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 are often seen as the natural leaders for national library advocacy, and may also serve as an information or even funding source for other libraries and librarians in that country. National libraries have a wide range of responsibilities!...more
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