(Librarian: David Jones)
The Library provides research, information and bibliographic
services to support the legislative, deliberative and judicial
functions of the House.
The Library, which serves Members of the House, has
25 permanent and 2 part-time staff; 14 of the 21 graduates on
the staff hold professional library qualifications. An extra
Library Clerk was appointed in March 2001 in order to provide
a research service in the satellite library.
3 Activities and Financial Performance
At the beginning of the year, the collection of legal
books housed near the Law Lords' offices was transferred to the
care of the Library. An Assistant Librarian was appointed to
provide library services to the Law Lords; to supervise the collection;
and to integrate it into the Library's main collection.
A satellite library for the use of Members with accommodation
in the 7 Little College Street extension was opened in December
2000. Two Assistant Librarians and a Library Assistant were appointed
to staff the satellite library. The small and steady demand for
services is likely to increase when the Millbank House accommodation
opens later in 2001.
- An Access database was developed to record research
enquiries carried out for Members and records of enquiries since
1977 were transferred to the new database.
- An important upgrade was installed on the system
on which the Library's housekeeping is maintained: the modules
controlling the Library's ordering and receipt of books and the
details of the physical location of the books in the catalogue
were upgraded from the old DOS system to a Windows-based system.
- The reader-printer, used for accessing and copying
from the Library's collections of microforms, was replaced by
a scanner which permits the scanning of copies from microforms
to a personal computer from which the images can be printed.
Work began during the Summer recess on the necessary
renovation of the Library's basement storerooms in the Palace.
The old stationery storeroom was dismantled, renovated and converted
into a storeroom for legal periodicals and for the publications
of the devolved assemblies. Over the next 2 years, the other
7 storerooms in the basement area will be renovated.
Members' use of the Library's research services showed
a small decrease on the previous year, which is usual towards
the end of a Parliament. Staff at the Information Desk dealt
with 16,073 enquiries (13,470 in 1999-2000). 2,392 new titles
or new editions were added to the Library's catalogue (1,486 in
1999-2000) and 4,470 items were added to the POLIS database (4,104
Budget provision for 2000-01 was £1,440,900.
Out-turn expenditure was £1,444,226 (£1,251,616 in
1999-2000). VAT refunds and income totalled £32,301 (£30,593
in 1999-2000), of which £10,000 was used in aid of the budget.
4 Future Activities
- The development of a Library webpage on the Parliamentary
- The installation of the PDVN in the uncabled
parts of the Library's main suite.
- Re-arrangement of the basement storerooms following