The Law on Libraries (1995) establishes the state governance of library activities, the system of libraries, the procedure of formation of the libraries fund, the structure of this fund and its protection. The Law was amended in 2013 in order to establish the protection of copyright and related rights in the libraries and set the principles of the appointment of executives. In 2004, the Law was amended by adding a new article, which established the Council of Libraries. The Council was defined as an expert and consultative body of the Ministry of Culture.
The document Strategic Directions of Library Development 2016–2022 was approved by Order No. ĮV-344 of the Minister of Culture on 29 April 2016. The directions are aimed at the effective use of the potential of libraries as the efficient information infrastructure, ensuring the development of lifelong learning of society members and their social and economic welfare, as well as maximising the impact on national and regional development.
The Regulations of Protection of the Library Stock were approved by Order No. 499 of the Minister of Culture on 6 October 2010. The document regulates the accounting of the Lithuanian library stock, receipt of documents, transfer of the stock, verification of the stock, writing off of documents, stock protection, and staff liability.
The Description of the Procedure of Certification of Librarians was approved by Order No. ĮV-320 of the Minister of Culture on 4 June 2010. It regulates the goals, categories, assessment criteria, certification and appeal procedure related to the certification of library specialists working in libraries founded by the state and municipalities or their institutions.
The Order No ĮV-216 of 30 March 2015 by the Minister of Culture regulates the indication and verification of the circulation of the press. The order approved the Procedure of Verification of Circulation of Local, Regional and National Newspapers and Magazines, Except for Those Whose Circulation Does Not Exceed 500 Copies and/or Which Contain No Advertising. In accordance with the established procedure publishers must provide data on the circulation of their published newspaper or magazine for the previous half-year to the Ministry of Culture twice a year, i.e. by 10 January and by 10 July, by filling in the approved form.
The data on publication circulation (from the first half-year of 2012) and the participants of the media provided to the Ministry of Culture are made public in the Database of Producers and Disseminators of Public Information, available on the website of the Ministry of Culture.