Law approved on the autonomy of the National Library of Spain

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte ,
12 March 2015, Spain

The House of Representatives approved the law granting autonomy to the National Library of Spain with a broad consensus.

Speaking in the House, the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, José Ignacio Wert, congratulated "all the parliamentary groups for this law" and stressed "the desire for consensus in both the Culture Committee of Congress, and the Senate, which have enriched the text with their contributions, from the standpoint of the Autonomous Communities ".
"In my first appearance at the Congress of Deputies, in February 2012, I pointed out that it was desirable that the National Library enjoyed a status similar to other large Spanish cultural institutions such as the Prado or the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, "said the Minister. "The experience with the statutes of the Prado and Reina Sofia showed the need to ensure the National Library a legislative mechanism that would allow it to operate in these times."

For José Ignacio Wert, "the National Library is the guarantee of the preservation of our identity, but also its cataloging and appropriate dissemination. It is not an entity that looks inside, but has to be open to the outside. The National Library is already making extensive use of their resources and outreach of the Spanish culture, the different cultures of the Spanish State, besides expanding its operation to the digital environment ".

The Minister has indicated that with this law "a leading cultural institution, such as the National Library, can enjoy of a legal regime enabling it to act according to the challenges of the century".