Requirements for establishment of commune-level public libraries in Vietnam

On August 18, 2020, the Government of Vietnam issued the Decree No. 93/2020/NĐ-CP detailing several Articles of the Law on Libraries. This Decree has specified requirements for establishment of commune-level public libraries.

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According to the Decree No. 93/2020/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government, requirements for establishment of commune-level public libraries are specified as follows:

- Setting the goals of organizing and operating a library which are appropriate and fit into the functions and tasks specified in Clause 3 of Article 11 in the Law on Libraries of Vietnam; accepting target users, including organizations or individuals, wishing to use libraries within a commune, ward or town.

- Having at least 2,000 volumes and at least 02 titles of newspapers, magazines (electronic newspapers are optional, but encouraged) that are processed according to the rules of operation of libraries.

- Having library facilities and amenities conforming to the following requirements:

+ They are located nearby residential communities or at the places where traffic activities are facilitated;

+ Library’s dimension must meet the requirements of preservation of information resources, service areas and toilets;

+ Saving at least 40 m2 for reading spaces intended for library’s users;

+ Having facilities and equipment designed for operational and functional activities performed by librarians and meeting library users’ needs; guaranteeing the provision of equipment and facilities designed for information resources preservation, security, safety, fire safety and prevention purposes.

- Librarians graduated high school or obtaining higher educational degrees must have already participated in training courses or received professional instructions related to library operations.

View more details at the Decree No. 93/2020/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government, effective from October 05, 2020.

Ty Na


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