The key roles of national libraries in terms of acquisition, retention, preservation and providing access to materials are considered, first of all in terms of printed materials and then in terms of electronic materials. The current situation regarding the legal deposit of electronic materials in selected countries, including the UK, is discussed. The automation history of the National Library of Scotland, founded in 1925 but with a history dating back to the 1680s, is outlined and current initiatives, internal as well as external, towards the development of a hybrid library are described. The importance of collaboration in meeting the challenges is emphasised.
Frederick Guy, R. (2000), "Developing the hybrid library: progress to date in the National Library of Scotland", The Electronic Library, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 40-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470010320452
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