The Delivery Of Books (Public Libraries) Act, 1954

The Delivery Of Books (Public Libraries) Act, 1954

The Delivery Of Books (Public Libraries) Act, 1954

[Act No. 27 OF 1954]

[20th May, 1954]

An Act to provide for delivery of books l[and newspapers] to the National Library and other public libraries.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows.

OBJECTS AND REASONS

Amendment made in 1956.-“With a view to developing four public libraries in different parts of India to encourage scholarship and dissemination of knowledge, provision has been made in the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Act, 1954. The purpose of this amending Bill [now Act 99 of 1956] is to bring the newspapers within the purview of the Act so that the newspapers may also be available in these public libraries for reference and record.”-S.O.R., Gazette of India. 1956, Extra. Ft. II, Sec. 2, p. 833.

1. Words “and newspapers” were ins. by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 2 ( 29-12-1956 ).

2. Definitions.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) “book” includes every volume, part or division of a volume, and pamphlet, in any language and every sheet of music, map, chart or plan separately printed or lithographed, but does not include a newspaper published in conformity with the provisions of section 5 of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867;

l[(aa) ‘newspaper’ means any printed periodical work containing public news or comments on public news published in conformity with the provisions of section 5 of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867;]

(b) “Public libraries” means the National Library at Calcutta and any – three other libraries1 which may be specified by the Central Government in this behalf by notification in the Official Gazette.

1. Clause (aa) was ins. by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 4 ( 29-12-1956 ).

3. Delivery of books of public libraries.

(1) Subject to any rule that may be made under this Act, but without prejudice to the provisions contained in section 9 of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, the publisher of every book published in the territories to which this Act extends after the commencement of this Act shall, notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary, deliver at his own expense a copy of the book to the National Library at Calcutta and one such copy to each of the other three public libraries within thirty days from the date of its publication.

(2) The copy delivered to the National Library shall be a copy of the whole book with all maps and illustrations belonging thereto, finished and coloured in the same manner as the best copies of the same, and shall be bound, sewed or stitched together, and on the best paper on which any copy of the book is printed.

(3) The copy delivered to any other public library shall be on the paper on which the largest number of copies of the book is printed for sale, and shall be in the like condition as the books prepared for sale,

(4) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall apply to any second or subsequent edition of a book in which edition no additions or alterations either in the letter-press or in the maps, book-prints or other engravings, belonging to the book have been made, and a copy of the first or some preceding edition of which book has been delivered under this Act.

3A. Delivery of newspapers to public libraries

l[3A. Delivery of newspapers to public libraries.-

Subject to any rules that may be made under this Act, but without prejudice to the provisions contained in the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, the publisher of every newspaper, published in the territories to which this Act extends, shall deliver at his own expense one copy of each issue of such newspaper as soon as it is published to each such public library as may be notified in this behalf by the Central Government in the Official Gazette.]

1. Ins. by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 5 ( 29-12-1956 ).

4. Receipt for books delivered.

The person in charge of a public library (whether called a librarian or by any other name) or any other person authorized by him in this behalf to whom a copy of a book is delivered under section 3 shall give to the publisher a receipt in writing therefor.

5. Penalty.

Any publisher who contravenes any provision of this Act or of any rule made thereunder shall be punishable with fine which may extend to fifty rupees l[and, if the contravention is in respect of a book, shall also be punishable with fine which shall be equivalent to the value of the book], and the Court trying the offence may direct that the whole or any part of the fine realised from him shall be paid, by way of compensation, to the public library to which the book 2[or newspaper, as the case may be] ought to have been delivered.

1. Subs, for the words “and the value of the book” by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 6 ( 29-12-1956 ).

2. Ins. by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 6 ( 29-12-1956 )

6. Cognizance of offences.

(1) No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act save on complaint made by an officer empowered in this behalf by the Central Government by a General or Special order.

(2) No Court inferior to that of a Presidency Magistrate or a Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence punishable under this Act.

7. Application to Act to books published by Government.

l[7. Application of Act to books and newspapers published by Government.-This Act shall also apply to books and newspapers published by or under the authority of the Government but shall not apply to books meant for official use only.]

1. Subs. for former section 7 by the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956 (99 of 1956), sec. 7 ( 29-12-1956 ).

8. Power to make rules.

The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act.

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