Library Watch
China adopts law on public libraries
The 12th National People's Congress Standing Committee approved the law on public libraries at its 30th plenary session on November 4. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2018.
This is another important law in the public cultural area following the adoption of the law public cultural services, playing a significant role in perfecting the cultural legal system, advancing the cause of development of public libraries and ensuring the basic cultural rights and interests for the public.
Clause 55 in Chapter 6 of the law stipulates the establishment, operation, service and relevant legal responsibilities of public libraries.
According to the law, a public library refers to a public cultural facility which opens free to the public; collects, arranges and stores literature information and provides services of inquiry and borrowing; and organizing educational events. It states that public libraries, as an important part of the public cultural service system, should promote reading among the public, and provide such services to the public on an equal, open and sharing basis.