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List of national libraries List of national libraries A national library is specifically established by the government of a nation to serve as the pre-eminent repository of information for that country. Unlike public libraries, they rarely allow citizens to borrow books. Often, they include numerous rare, valuable, or significant works; such as the Gutenberg Bible. National libraries are usually notable for their size, compared to that of other libraries in the same country. Some national libraries may be thematic or specialized in some specific domains, beside or in replacement of the 'main' national library. Some national entities which are not independent but who wish to preserve their particular culture, have established a national library with all the attributes of such institutions, such as legal deposit.
PLIN was founded by a group of former members of the International Network of Public Libraries (INPL), the highly successful network, which from 1996 onwards was generously supported by the Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation. We believed that the unique working method and the results of the INPL – a few highly motivated public library professionals working together internationally and thus enabling quick dissemination of new knowledge through practical research reports - simply was too valuable for public library development worldwide to just let go. The Bertelsmann Foundation has supported us in this transition process. This website has been launched in late December 2004 and will be used to promote the existing reports and market the PLIN using library conferences and venues as platforms for this process. At a later stage we will hopefully be able to find sustainable financing for regular report writing and involvement of new members in this process. Public Libraries International Network Public Libraries International Network
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