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of January 27, 1995 No. 32/95-BP

About libraries and library science

(as amended on 16-12-2020)

This Law determines the status of libraries, legal and organizational basis of activities of libraries and library science in Ukraine. This Law guarantees the right to open entry to information, knowledge, familiarizing with the values of national and world culture, science and education which are stored in libraries.

Section I. General provisions

Article 1. Determination of terms

In this Law the following terms are used in such value:

library - information, cultural, educational institution (organization, the organization) or the structural division having the arranged fund of documents, access to other sources of information and which main task is ensuring information, research, educational, cultural and other needs of users of library;

library depositary - the library providing permanent storage of the library stock created from documents which are seldom used and have scientific and/or art value;

library service - result of activities of library on satisfaction of information, research, educational, cultural and other needs of users of library;

library system of Ukraine - extensive network of libraries of the different types connected by interaction and mutually use of library resources;

library science - the area of information, cultural and educational activities of society directed to creation and development of network of libraries, forming, study, streamlining and storage of library stocks, the organization of library, information and help and bibliographic servicing of users of library, preparation and advanced training of specialists in the field of library science, scientific and methodical ensuring development of library activities;

library stock - the arranged collection of documents which is stored in library;

library resources - the arranged library stocks of documents on different data carriers, databases, network information resources, the help and search device, material means of study, storage and information transfer;

the document - material form of obtaining, storage, use and distribution of information fixed on paper magnetic, film, film, optical disk or other carrier;

deposition - form of collection and distribution of hand-written works, mainly scientific;

the user of library - the physical person or legal entity which addressed services of library;

the interlibrary subscription - the form of library servicing based on mutual use of library stocks and the help and search office of libraries;

centralized library system - merging of libraries in single structural and complete education where the central library enters.

Article 2. Legislation of Ukraine on libraries and library science

The legislation of Ukraine on libraries and library science is based on the Constitution of Ukraine and consists of this Law, international treaties which consent to be bound is this the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and other regulatory legal acts.

If the international treaty of Ukraine which consent to be bound is this the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine establishes other rules, than those which contain in the legislation of Ukraine on libraries and library science then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Law coverage

Operation of this Law extends to network of the operating libraries of all patterns of ownership and subordination and the organization of library science.


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