The functions of a library authority1 as such are exercisable within an area (called a 'library area') consisting of the administrative area of the authority or, in the case of a joint board2, consisting of the areas which, if the authorities constituting the board were library authorities, would form their library areas; and may also be exercised elsewhere than within its library area if the authority thinks fit3.
With the agreement of two or more library authorities, the Secretary of State or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers4 may by order provide for the formation of a joint board
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