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The European national libraries
The European national libraries

Discussion about resources versus functions

Author(s): Adriana Elena Borună
Subject(s): Library and Information Science
Published by: Asociația Bibliotecarilor din România
Keywords: national libraries – comparative survey;National Library of Romania – evaluation

Summary/Abstract: National libraries represent fundamental institutions for preserving the documents of a nation and, usually by legislation, they are in charge with specific missions in the framework of the national library and information system. In order to fulfill their specific mission and functions, many of the European national libraries have proper spaces for documents’ storage, as well as endowments which ensure the access to all users to the collections, an adequate number of proper trained staff who support the fitting development of the services provided by the institution, all these established taking into consideration the population of the country where that national library works and the collection of documents. Although, the European national libraries fulfill the same functions, there are important differences among them regarding their resources. Similarly to other European national libraries, The National Library of Romania holds an important collection of documents which is difficult to be highlight without sufficient human and financial resources and without the necessary technology.

  • Issue Year: 9/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 55-58
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English