909. The Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.

The local authority library service was put on a completely new basis by the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, 1which imposes a duty to provide an efficient and comprehensive library service for all persons desiring to make use of it on those local authorities which are library authorities2. The service in England is under the supervision of the Secretary of State, and in Wales of the Welsh Ministers3.

The Act extends to the Isles of Scilly with modifications4. The Act has effect notwithstanding any inconsistent provision in a local Act, and any public library maintained by a library authority