NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MAURITIUS
The National Library of Mauritius was established by the Government under the National Library Act of 1996 (Act No.32). It was officially opened to the public in January 2000, in Port Louis, Mauritius.
To develop the National Library as the Nation's leading documentary resource pertaining to the Republic of Mauritius, and as the apex library serving the needs of the Mauritian people at large in research, scholarship and creativity.
To support the provision of, and access to, information for the nation. To collect and preserve the collective memory of the country to best serve the nation and to provide access to the information resources of the world.
v To promote and encourage the use of library materials;
v To acquire library materials generally, and, in particular, a comprehensive collection of library materials relating to Mauritius;
v To collect, receive and preserve all library materials required to be deposited in the library;
v To lend library materials to other libraries;
v To make library materials available to the public for reference;
v To participate in planning library services in Mauritius, promote research in library fields and provide assistance in information handling techniques;
v To act as the national bibliographic center and maintain the national bibliography and other bibliographies;
v To act as an organizing agency for national and international lending and exchange of library materials;
v To initiate and promote cooperation between the library and other libraries, both at national and international levels.
National Library’s Collection
Over the years, the National Library has made remarkable progress in its collection development. In addition to a comprehensive collection of Mauritiana covering a wide range of subjects such as agriculture, biography, botany, computer science, economy, entomology, geography, history, literature, politics, religion and science, the National Library is also the depository library for publications of the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the Shanghai Public Library. Through the Windows on Shanghai E-Book, the public can access some 1,000 full text documents and periodicals articles through Emerald (http://emeraldinsight.com) and EBSCO (http://ebscohost.com). Thus, the public can easily get access to these invaluable, up to date and expensive documents for reference and research purposes.
The collection comprises of the following materials:
v Books, monographs and reference materials
v Periodicals, serials and magazines
v Annual reports
v Government publications
v Newspapers (1777 – till date)
v Theses and dissertations
v CD ROMs
v Private collections
v United Nations publications
v International Monetary Fund publications
v World Bank publications
v European Union publications
v Windows on Shanghai Collection
Preservation of Library Materials
The National Library has the legal obligation to preserve all the materials deposited in the Library for present and future generations.
The preservation of library materials includes:
v Binding and repairs of books, newspapers and magazines
v Microfilming, mainly of newspapers
v Control of temperature, humidity and light in the collections
v Implementation of effective systems for protecting the collections against flood, cyclone and fire
v Training of library staff in preservation techniques
v User education such as informing users how to handle documents properly
v Use of protection gloves for handling rare and damaged materials
v Regular dusting and cleaning of the shelves and collections
The National Library is open to all users aged 18 and above. Secondary school students may be admitted upon presentation of an official recommendation from their rectors.
The National Library’s clients include :
v The general public
v Secondary school and university students
v Researchers (Local and Foreign)
v Libraries and documentation centres
v Book trade and related industries
v Government and non-government organisations
v Professionals and professional associations
v A spacious and air-conditioned Search Room for reference and research.
v Reprographic service at a nominal cost
v Free Internet service for one hour for academic and research purposes.
v The provision of an online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) on a 24/7 basis.
v The organisation of outreach activities such as the World Book and Copyright Day for the promotion of reading.
v Preparation of Cataloguing-In-Publication data for new publications, free of charge.
v Allocation of International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) to new serial publications, free of charge.
v Consultancy in library and information services to organizations willing to set up or upgrade their libraries or documentation centres.
v The compilation of the National Bibliography of Mauritius and other bibliographies.
v The compilation of a National Union Catalogue of Mauritiana.
v The compilation of a Union List of Periodicals.
v Indexing and abstracting of periodical articles available via the website.
v Souvenir Magazine (1999)
v Annual Reports (1999 – 2011)
v Strategic Plans (2000-2002) , (2003-2005), (2011-2013)
v Directory of Libraries , Documentation Centres and Bookshops in Mauritius (2000)
v Customer Charter (2003 & 2006)
v Information Brochure
v La Voc-T’Eylandt Mauritius et Rodrigues (2001)
v National Bibliography of Mauritius(1996-2000), (2001-2003),
v Une brève histoire du livre (2006)
v National Library : Brief History and Development (2009)
v Kaleidoscopic Conquest: Mauritius 1810 (2010)
v Equality of Opportunities at the National Library (2013)
The National Library is a corporate member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) based in the Hague, Netherlands.
v 11th November 2004 : Excellent Customer Service Award in the Public Service 2004 – National Library was the Winner for Criterion “Quality”
v 20th January 2005 : MS ISO 9001:2000 Certification by the Mauritius Standard Bureau
v 17th May 2005 : National ICT Award 2005 – National Library was the Winner for the category ‘Parastatal Bodies’