National Library of Scotland Bill published

Woman holding an iPad showing medieval manuscript page
Fiona Hyslop holds an iPad
showing the Murthly Hours,
a 13th-century manuscript.

The Scottish Government has published legislation today which will update the powers and functions of the National Library of Scotland.

The National Library of Scotland Bill seeks to strengthen the role of NLS in safeguarding and sharing knowledge for current and future generations. 

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: 'As the Library continues to make more of its collections available online, in response to the changing needs of its customers, it is important that legislation keeps pace with the requirement to preserve and develop our national collections for generations to come.'

Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive of NLS, commented: 'The Library has changed immeasurably since the previous legislation was passed in 1925. The bill recognises and reflects our role in the 21st century and is very welcome.'

A public consultation into the proposed bill took place between March and June 2010 and received broad support.

On a visit to NLS this week, the Culture Secretary saw how easy it is to view treasures in the Library's collections using modern technology.

27 October 2011

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