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NATIONAL LIBRARY ACT, 2003.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY AND NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD.

   3.   Establishment of the National Library.

   4.   Functions of National Library.

   5.   Special powers of the National Library.

   6.   National Library Board.

   7.   Functions of the Board.

   8.   Meetings of the Board.

   9.   Director and other staff of the Library.

PART III
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   10.   Funds of the National Library.

   11.   Investment.

   12.   Estimates.

   13.   Accounts.

   14.   Audit.

PART IV
MISCELLANEOUS.

   15.   Common Seal and other instruments of National Library.

   16.   Annual report.

   17.   Minister to submit statement of accounts and annual report to Parliament.

   18.   Ministerial guidelines.

   19.   Duty of publishers to deposit with National Library.

   20.   Regulations.

   21.   Power of Minister to amend Schedules.

   22.   Vesting of assets and liabilities.

   23.   Repeal.

      First Schedule   Currency point.

      Second Schedule   Meetings of the board and other matters.

      Third Schedule   Deposit of books and documents.

NATIONAL LIBRARY ACT, 2003.

Commencement: 17 January, 2003.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of the National Library of Uganda, the depositing and preservation of publications, the setting up of an information referral service and library coordination and to provide for other related matters.

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

1.   Short title.

   This Act may be cited as the National Library Act, 2003.

2.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   "Board" means the National Library Board;

   "book" includes every part or division of a book, braille, talking book, newspaper, periodical, magazine, review, gazette, pamphlet, sheet of letter press, sheet of music, map, plan, chart or table separately published;

   "braille" means the form of print or writing with raised round dots or marks which blind persons read by touching;

   "braille book" means a book transcribed into braille;

   "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Board;

   "currency point" means the value of a currency point specified in the First Schedule;

   "Director" means the Director appointed under section 9;

   "document" means the one or more identical copies of a medium by which information is stored for subsequent reading, listening, showing and transmission;

   "legal deposit right" means the right of the National Library to receive free of charge of a book or document produced or published in Uganda or published outside Uganda by a Ugandan publisher and imported into Uganda subject to the Third Schedule;

   "medium" means any means of storing information;

   "member" means a member of the Board;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for the National Library;

   "national bibliography" means a publication containing a list of books and documents published or produced in Uganda, for Uganda and by Ugandans;

   "National Library" means the National Library of Uganda established under section 3;

   "producer" means a person who produces copies of a document for a publisher;

   "publisher" means a person who at his or her expense produces or arranges for the production of a document in order to make it available to the public;

   "talking book" means a book read and recorded into cassette tapes or compact disc and arranged in order of sequence for blind persons to listen to and get information in the book;

   "union catalogue" means a file or catalogue of holdings of major libraries.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY AND NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD.

3.   Establishment of the National Library.

   (1) There is established a National Library to be known as the National Library of Uganda.

   (2) The National Library shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its corporate name.

   (3) The National Library may hold, acquire or dispose of any property, movable or immovable.

4.   Functions of National Library.

   The functions of the National Library are—

   (a)   to develop national policies on public libraries;

   (b)   to provide to local governments standards, advice, norms, work manuals and guidelines in respect of public library buildings, staffing, stock and information processing, storage and retrieval;

   (c)   to inspect and ensure that public libraries conform to national policies, guidelines and standards;

   (d)   to provide technical, professional and advisory services in the field of librarianship to Government departments, local governments and the public sector;

   (e)   to carry out research in the field of library and information provision and disseminate results to Government, local governments and the public;

   (f)   to design and carry out pilot projects in new areas of library and information provision and disseminate results to local governments and other organisations;

   (g)   to carry out and coordinate staff development programmes for people working in libraries and information services;

   (h)   to support a

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