August 19, 2016

National library law aims to ensure permanent preservation of country’s literary heritage

Yangon, 23 Aug — A draft law on promoting the role of the National Library of Myanmar is close to completion, its director, Daw Mya Oo, said Sunday.
The National Library Law that is being drafted by the Culture Ministry will help meet the NL’s goal of becoming a major center that collects and preserves all the country’s publications to safeguard the national literary heritage, she added.
“The draft law includes a provision that publishers shall have to provide the NL with five copies of every publication. It would help the NL in conserving two copies of every publication permanently,” she said.
After enactment of the law, the publishers will get a Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) service offered by the National Library before making publication, she told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Daw Mya Oo said, “The ministry has been drafting the law for around two years, based on the international library laws, with a plan to forward it to the department concerned after seeking advices from legal experts.”
The National Library was established in Yangon in 1952, and is now located on Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road in Yankin Township. Numerous rare publications and ancient manuscripts, palm-leaf and folded paper books are kept in the library. GNLM


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