About NLU

Our Background

The National Library of Uganda was established by the National Library Act, 2003. This Act repealed the Public Libraries Act, 1964 which had established the Public Libraries Board. The Board had been charged with the responsibility of establishing, equipping, managing and maintaining libraries in Uganda. Following the enactment of the Local Governments Act, 1997, this responsibility was decentralized to the local governments.

Governance

The National Library of Uganda currently operates under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.  It has a governing Board of nine members drawn from the Book Sector, Research Institutions, Cultural Institutions and the Educational Sector. Thus, consists of a chairperson and eight other members appointed by the Minister. The members  hold office for a period of three years and are eligible for re-appointment for one further term.

Departments

The National Library of Uganda has four major departments namely:

Office of the Director
The office of the Director is responsible for Board matters, policy formulation and execution, finance, overall administration, staff matters and liaison with other government agencies. The department is headed by the Director who is assisted by the Deputy Director, Senior Accountant, Office Superintendent and support staff.

Welcome to the National Library of Uganda

The National Library of Uganda was established by the National Library Act, 2003. This Act repealed the Public Libraries Act, 1964 which had established the Public Libraries Board. The Board had been charged with the responsibility of establishing, equipping, managing and maintaining libraries in Uganda. Following the enactment of the Local Governments Act, 1997, this responsibility was decentralized to the local governments.

Mandate

The National Library of Uganda has the following powers-
Legal deposit namely the right of the National Library to require every publisher of a book or document in Uganda at his or her cost of deposit three copies of the book or document or one copy of the video-gram or film and ten copies in the case of any government department with the National Library

Mission

To collect, preserve and disseminate Ugandans documented intellectual and culture heritage, provide professional leadership in library and information services delivery and promote a reading culture.

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