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LAW OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

of November 16, 1998 No. 145

About library science

(as amended on 18-07-2020)

Accepted by General Court of Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic on October 21, 1998

The preamble voided according to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic of 25.05.2017 No. 90

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of this Law

This Law is the legal base of preserving and development of library science in the Kyrgyz Republic and establishes the principles of activities of libraries guaranteeing human rights, public associations, the people and ethnic communities on open entry to information, free spiritual development, familiarizing with values of national and world culture and also on cultural, scientific and educational activities.

This Law regulates general questions of the organization of library science, relations between the state, citizens, the companies, organizations and the organizations in the field of library science according to the principles and rules of international law.

Article 1-1. Basic concepts

In this Law the following concepts are applied:

library - the organization having organizational fund of printing and hand-written documents, graphical, audiovisual materials, documents on electronic media and presenting them in temporary use to physical persons and legal entities;

library stock - the arranged set of documents of different function and the status, organizationally and functionally connected among themselves, subject to accounting, completing, storage and use for the purpose of library servicing of the population;

library science - industry of information, cultural and educational and educational activities which tasks include creation and development of network of libraries, forming and processing of their funds, the organization of library, information and help and bibliographic servicing of users of libraries, scientific and methodical ensuring development of libraries;

the document - the material object with information fixed on it in the form of the text, sound recording or the image intended for transfer in time and space for the purpose of storage and public use;

book monuments - hand-written books or printing editions which have outstanding spiritual, material value have special historical, scientific, cultural value and concerning which the specific mode of accounting, storage and use is set;

public library - library which gives opportunity of use of its services, own and other information resources to physical persons irrespective of age, sex, nationality, language, education, origin, property and official capacity, the relation to religion, beliefs, belonging to public associations, and also legal entities, irrespective of their forms of business and patterns of ownership;

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

specialized library - the library servicing persons with limited opportunities of health and submitting the documents typed by Braille's font with the increased font on different carriers, including electronic documents;

electronic library - the information system ensuring safety and effective use of various collection of the electronic documents placed in the system and available through telecommunication networks;

the electronic document - the document in which information is provided in electronic and digital form.

Article 2. Legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic on library science

The legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic on library science includes the laws of the Kyrgyz Republic "About culture", "About obligatory copy of documents", "About informatization", "About protection and use of historical and cultural heritage", and also this Law and other regulatory legal acts of the Kyrgyz Republic accepted according to it in the field of library science.

Article 3. Coverage of this Law

Operation of this Law extends to the libraries financed fully or partially by means of the republican budget and means of local budgets, and regarding regulation of questions of preserving and use of library stocks as parts of historical and cultural heritage - to all libraries irrespective of their forms of business and patterns of ownership.

Article 4. Main types of libraries

Libraries can be founded by public authorities of all levels, local government bodies, legal entities and physical persons.

According to procedure for organization and patterns of ownership the following main types of libraries are allocated:

the state libraries founded by public authorities including:

- republican libraries;

- libraries of the ministries and other executive bodies;

the regional, city, district libraries founded by local government bodies;

libraries of National academy of Sciences, other academies, research institutions, organizations of education;

libraries of the companies, organizations, organizations;

libraries of public associations;

private libraries;

the libraries founded by foreign legal entities and physical persons, and also the international organizations according to the international treaties which came in the procedure established by the law into force which participant is the Kyrgyz Republic.

Chapter 2. The rights of citizens in the field of library science

Article 5. Right to library servicing

Each citizen irrespective of sex, age, nationality, education, social position, political convictions, the relation to religion has the right to library servicing in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The right of citizens to library servicing is provided:

- creation of the state, regional, city, district network of the public libraries which are free of charge performing main types of library servicing;

- variety of types of libraries, state regulation of creation of libraries by legal entities and physical persons irrespective of their forms of business and patterns of ownership, specialization and scales of activities.

The rights of citizens in the field of library servicing are priority in relation to the rights in this area of the state and any its structures, public associations, religious and other organizations.

Article 6. Right to library activities

Any legal entity or physical person has the right to creation of library in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic according to the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Citizens have the right to take part in activities of trustee, reader's councils or other associations of the readers created in coordination with heads of libraries or their founders.

Employees of libraries have the right to create public associations for the purpose of assistance to development of library servicing, professional consolidation, protection of the social and professional privileges.

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