Have your say on National Library of Scotland Bill

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation into the powers and functions of the National Library of Scotland.

Proposals being put forward would modernise the founding legislation of NLS, which dates from 1925. In particular, they suggest that:

  • The Library's powers and functions should be defined in law
  • The Board of Trustees should be reduced from 32 Trustees to between seven and 14
  • NLS should be subject to direction from Government Ministers, but with restrictions to safeguard the Library's functions.

Such measures would bring NLS into line with most other Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and encourage greater flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency.

The closing date for responses to the consultation is 23 June. For more information, see our consultation Q&A or visit the Scottish Government website.

NLS in 2030

A research project recently completed at NLS explored the future of national libraries and the role they could play in 20 years' time. Focusing on small, technologically developed countries, it looked at changing customer behaviours, publishing trends and future developments in digital libraries.

The project report, 'Thriving or surviving? National Library of Scotland in 2030', is available online. It includes the views of leading library thinkers from around the world on the challenges and opportunities facing national libraries. We welcome all comments on the report: please email them to marketing@nls.uk.

31 March 2010



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