The Law on Library Activities and Libraries (1997 amended in 1998, 2000 and 2009) is the main legal source for librarianship. Library activities defined in this Law include the acquisition, collection, classification, maintenance, setting professional technical methods, access to books and other library materials, the conduct of bibliographic-information and documentation services. Libraries may be autonomous or components of other legal entities; they can be public or privately owned and are normally organised as institutions. Before being permitted to operate as a library, an institution must meet certain professional standards, including employing the required number of specialised trained staff, etc. The 2009 changes in law now enable foreign legal and private entities to establish libraries. There have been amendments in the regulation of requirements for the position of director of library; as well as specific categorisations of library professions and their regulations.
Agreement on the Fixed Book Price was signed in 2007 between the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Ministry of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Community of Publishers and Bookstores. The public lending right provisions were announced and are planned to be enforced in the near future (see chapter 4.1.6).