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What is the legal definition of a library, what are the duties of a library authority?

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Published on LexisPSL on 27/04/2016

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  • What is the legal definition of a library, what are the duties of a library authority?
  • What is the definition of a library?
  • What are the duties of a library authority?

What is the legal definition of a library, what are the duties of a library authority?

What is the definition of a library?

After a thorough search of our resources we have not been able to find a definition of a library.

Libraries have existed for thousands of years however in the United Kingdom the first legislation in relation to public libraries was the Public Libraries Act 1850. The current legislation governing libraries is the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 (PLMA 1964). There is no formal legal definition of the word 'library' however, see PLMA 1964, s 25 which defines the following:

  1. '“library area” has the meaning assigned to it by section 4(2) of this Act, section 4(2) states that:

    1. The functions of a library authority as such shall be exercisable within an area (in this Act referred to as a “library area”) consisting of the administrative area of the authority, or

    2. in the case of a joint board established under section 5 below, consisting of the areas which, if the authorities constituting the board were library authorities, would form their library areas,

    3. and may also be exercised elsewhere than within its library area if the authority thinks fit.

  2. “library assets and liabilities” means property held by a local authority solely or mainly for the purposes of any functions exercisable by it in

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