Library Act & Rules
The Act spreading over 5 chapters extends to the whole of West Bengal
The Act has not provided for any form of Taxation / Cess; Each Local Library Authority maintains a fund in which government grant as well as contributions received from other sources are deposited and payments are made from the fund for management, maintenance, improvement and development of library services or any other purpose as the Government may think fit
The Minister - in - charge of Mass Education Extension & Library Services , Government of West Bengal looks after the affairs of library and information services
State Library Council (SLC) is the chief advisory committee to advise the Government on the policies and programmes concerning library services in the State. The Minister - in - Charge is the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee
Directorate of Library Services implements the Act. The Director of Library Services under the supervision of the Mass Education Extension & Library Services Department administers the West Bengal Public Libraries Act, 1979 and as amended thereafter. The Department through the Directorate of Library Services, West Bengal also manages the State Central Library and other public libraries established or maintained by the Government and direct all matters relating to such libraries. It also directs and superintendents all matters relating to the work of all Local Library Authorities under this Act
The Local Library Authority (LLA) for each district, except the district of Darjeeling, carries out the purposes of the Act. Two separate Local Library Authorities have been created for Darjeeling district - One for Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) and the other for Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad Area (SMPA). Normally, the District Magistrate of each district is the chairman of the LLA of that district. The same is also true for SMPA. However, the Principal Secretary of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council is the Chairman of the Local Library Authority of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Area. For Local Library Authority of Kolkata, the Director of Library Services, West Bengal is the chairman
The District Library Officers appointed by the Government act as ex-officio Member-Secretary of the Local Library Authority and carries out the function on behalf of the Local Library Authority.