New Public Libraries Act (2016)

Ministry of Education and Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Public Libraries Act entered into force in the beginning of 2017. The objective of the reform of the Public Libraries Act was to improve the operating environment of public libraries and to promote active citizenship, democracy and lifelong learning.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The revised Public Libraries Act takes account of the changes that have occurred in the municipal and regional structures. The number of municipalities has been high in Finland, but many smaller municipalities have merged in recent years. Furthermore, changes in the age structure, internal migration and immigration affect the activities of public libraries. As a consequence of all these changes, libraries are nowadays required to provide activities and services that are more pluralistic and multicultural than before.
The Act lays down provisions on the tasks of municipal public libraries, the national and regional development tasks and the special task, library users' responsibilities, suspension of borrowing rights and user rights, library user regulations, and qualification requirements for library staff.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

368 million USD / year

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Regional Library Authorities
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Dominios culturales
Industria editorial