The Belize National Library Service and Information System Act 2006 details the role of the organization and its administration.


Read the Act in PDF here.


Excerpt of the Act:


20. (2) The Library shall be entitled to receive free of

charge within thirty days of release two copies of any book,

pamphlet, journal, newspaper, magazine, report, slide,

phonographic record, audio tape, audio-visual tape, CDROM,

DVD, thesis, dissertation, plan and any information

constituting Belize’s cultural and historical heritage, published or produced in Belize and intended for public distribution.


(3) Any person who, on demand, fails to comply with

this section is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary

conviction to a fine not exceeding three thousand dollars or

to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both

such fine and imprisonment.


(4)Any fine or fee imposed and collected under this

section shall be credited to the account of the Library and shall

be applied towards the delivery of services by the Library.


(5) If a lender defaults in paying the fee imposed for

the late return of any information borrowed from the Service,

or for the loss or damage of any such information, such a fee

shall be recoverable as a civil debt.