The British Library Act 1972, which came into force on receiving royal assent on 27 July 19721, established for the United Kingdom2 a national library, known as the 'British Library' consisting of a comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts, periodicals, films and other recorded matter, whether printed or otherwise3. There is, however, also a National Library of Wales, which was established by royal charter in 19074.
The British Library is under the control and management of a public authority, known as the British Library Board, whose duty is to manage the library as a national centre for reference, study and bibliographical
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