906. The British Library.

(iv)     The British Library

a.     Establishment and Purpose of the British Library

906.     The British Library.

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,