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Russia: Creation of National Digital Library Prescribed by Law

(July 5, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Russian legislature passed a series of amendments to selected laws affecting libraries and librarianship in the country. The major development is the creation of a new “federal state information system named the National Electronic Library.” (Press Release, Federation Council, Federation Council Approved the Creation of the National […]

Italy: New Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape

(May 20, 2016) On March 31, 2016, an updated version of the 2004 Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape entered into effect in Italy.  (Legislative Decree No. 42 of January 22, 2004, Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, as Mandated by Article 10 of Law No. 137 of July 6, 2002 (L.D. No. 42), GAZETTA UFFICIALE […]

Spain: Royal Decree on Legal Deposit of Online Content

(Aug. 19, 2015) Given the special characteristics of online publications, with a multitude of works being created daily and the difficulty of their capture, storage, and preservation, the Spanish government has changed the rules applicable to the legal deposit of these publications by issuing Royal Decree 635/2015. (Royal Decree 635/2015, BOLETIN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO (BOE) […]

Kenya: Draft Legislation to Require Publishers to Deposit Books in Parliament Library

(Oct. 18, 2011) On October 12, 2011, a draft law aimed at amending the Books and Newspapers Act of 1960 was introduced in the Kenyan Parliament. If enacted, the new legislation would require Kenyan publishers to deposit three copies of all books they publish in the Kenyan Parliament's library. (Alphonce Shiundu, Kenyan Publishers to Submit […]

Russia: Limited Digitization Permitted for Three Libraries

(Oct. 24, 2008) On October 15, 2008, the Federal Assembly (legislature) of Russia adopted amendments to the nation's Federal Law on Libraries, which designates the newly established Presidential Library in St. Petersburg as a national library and obligates this institution and Russia's two other national libraries to create electronic copies of all materials in their […]

Russia: National Version of Presidential Libraries

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 9, 2008, the Government of the Russian Federation introduced to the legislature a bill on legacy centers for presidents whose term of office has expired. The bill was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma (parliament) of the Russian Federation. According to this newly passed legislation, the federal government will […]

Israel: National Library Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) On November 26, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law that regulates the status, objectives, and roles of the National Library. The law states that the National Library is located in Jerusalem. Its objectives are the collection, preservation, cultivation, and dedication of general treasures of knowledge, tradition, and culture, as well […]