The National Library of Poland acts as the central library of the country and is one of the most important cultural institutions in Poland. Its mission is to protect national heritage preserved as documents, be it handwritten, printed or electronic (including sound recordings and audiovisual material). As stated on their website: “The primary task of the National Library is to acquire, store and permanently archive the intellectual output of Poles, including the works of citizens living on Polish soil, the most important foreign works, and publications related to Poland and published abroad.”
Currently, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage runs subsidy programmes for:
- Partnership for the book. The strategic goals of the programme are both to improve access to books in all its formats and to strengthen the culture-forming role of bookstores and libraries.
- Reading promotion. The aim of the programme is to support valuable forms of promoting reading, both by co-financing innovative, wide-ranging programmes promoting common reading practices, and by supporting projects promoting the most significant phenomena of contemporary literature.