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Spanish National Library the most modern information management centre of Spain


More than 3,000 publishing houses in Spain publish 105,000 titles a year. As pointed out by the President of the Government, this makes Spain one of the foremost publishing powerhouses in the world. The capacity for growth and potential reach of the Spanish publishing sector thus becomes a strength that transcends the numbers. "Publishing companies contribute social, cultural and educational values, and help underpin society", he said.

Besides the dynamic nature of this growing sector, the President of the Government underlined the role played by the Spanish National Library "as a leading institution in the Spanish publishing system. An inclusive body that houses, protects and distributes the cultural output of all the Spanish languages, a common heritage without distinction of all Spanish citizens".

The President of the Government, who attended the event held to celebrate the third centenary of this institution, stressed that its continued efforts at renewal "have enabled it to adapt to the digital environment and become the most modern information management centre in our country". He also highlighted its enormous legacy, of incalculable value, that makes the Spanish National Library "a source of pride for us all and a space shared by all Spaniards".

Mariano Rajoy also mentioned the upcoming modernisation of the legal framework surrounding the Spanish National Library "so that, just like the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, it can enjoy its own law and statute. A truly custom-built law that, besides adapting to the unique profile of this institution, will translate into a greater role and presence in society".

Its objective will be to provide the institution "with a framework of liberty that forms part of a model that encourages responsibility and favours participation by society in cultural activity".

However, this exercise in modernisation will not forget its Ibero-American vocation as a "benchmark for literature in the Spanish language and a written memory of the twenty-odd nations that use Spanish as their official language". Also as a benchmark for the almost 500 million people "who use a language that has today become the most international and prestigious product to come out of Spain after overcoming the tough trials imposed by the passage of time, geographic barriers and the challenge of language unity".

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