Citizen Services Libraries
The Ministry of Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport is preparing the Directory of Spanish Libraries, in collaboration with the autonomous regions, as part of the Council of Library Cooperation and the General Library Coordination Committee of the Spanish Central Administration.
Article 14.1 of Law 10/2007 of 22 June on reading, books and libraries, outlines library coordination and cooperation as the principal means of ensuring that the Spanish Library System operates effectively. In order to support the entire cooperation and coordination activity, it is important to understand the current situation of Spanish libraries. For this reason, Article 6.1, Letter n, of Royal Decree 1132/2008 of 4 July, which develops the basic organic structure of the Ministry of Culture, entrusts the General Department of Books, Archives and Libraries of the Ministry of Culture, via the Office of Library Coordination, with "obtaining, operating and using library data". The basis of this data gathering is the Directory of Spanish Libraries.
The Directory of Spanish Libraries provides information on national and regional libraries, public libraries, higher education libraries and specialist libraries in Spain and abroad, which are of interest and of use for professionals in the sector and the general public.
The information provided helps to identify the libraries in the 17 autonomous regions and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla with regard to the administrative units and their service points and enables searches to be made based on different criteria: geographic location, ownership, managing agencies, etc.