Public collections shall collect, explore and provide services related to cultural goods recorded in written, printed or other form. Based on the character of the collection and the target audience it serves, there are several types, such as a national library, municipal libraries, specialised libraries, school libraries, higher educational, company, health care and even electronic (digital) libraries. A municipal library serves as the community information space, a point of knowledge transfer where the rich and the poor, people with various disadvantages or those belonging to a minority in some respect have equal opportunities to access information and library services.

Libraries are a source of primary cultural services and education, the basic institution of equal access to information. Information recorded in documents is conveyed to the users in several forms and ways (lectures, events, training, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, publications, etc.), offering local as well as remote access to these. Libraries form a system. The library network conveys the knowledge content available in the worldwide library system. It is an organization responsible for the regular collection, exploration, safeguarding and use of library documents as defined in Act CXL of 1997.


[1] Act CXL of 1997 on the protection of cultural goods, museum institutions, library services and community culture – version in force

This article based on the following document: Community development methodological guide