The National Library of Namibia supports education
and research by providing all Namibians and Namibian libraries access
to national and international information resources. Thus, the National
Library will serve as the national centre for the collection, conservation
and appreciation of Namibia's published national heritage and for
a national reference collection.
The National Library will also facilitate the sharing
and supply of resources
by way of its access to international electronic bibliographic and
information networks, databases and resources.
Statement of principles
(a) The National Library will administer a legal
deposit system, which is
entrenched in legislation.
b) The National Library will provide basic library
services free of charge, and recover the cost of advanced or costly
services such as:
• access to international bibliographic databases;
• duplicating facilities; and
• international interlending.
(c) The National Library will act as the national
bibliographic agency. This
includes assuming responsibility for maintaining international bibliographic
standards in, e.g., cataloguing, formats and authority files.
(d) The National Library, with the assistance of
allied information agencies
and libraries, will compile various bibliographic databases to facilitate
optimal access to Namibian information resources, and make such
databases available through networking systems.
(e) The collections of this Library will be made available to other
libraries by way of interlending. The collections will also serve
as reference material for study and research. The legal deposit
collection will be available on a closed-access system only.
(f) To ensure transparency and user-involvement
in the products of the
National Library, advisory groups will be established, e.g. for
and bibliographic control.
(g) The National Library, with the co-operation
of allied information agencies and publishers, will compile national
statistics pertaining to libraries, information materials and related
matters, e.g. book production statistics.
(h) The National Library should play a major role
in international and regional co-operation (e.g. the exchange of
publications, the sharing of knowledge and experience, the training
of personnel, and personnel exchanges), and maintain relationships
with organizations such as national libraries, IFLA and SADC.
(i) The National Library and the National Archives
will co-operate closely to ensure minimum duplication in the rendering
of their respective services.
(ii) The special libraries of non- Governmental
bodies will also receive assistance and support services from the
National Library, e.g. co-operative cataloguing and interlending.
(k) The post structure of the National Library
will resemble that of libraries
of a similar stature.
(l) The level of funding will be such that the
National Library is able to perform internationally-accepted national