The Library is governed by the Library Board of Victoria, which is overseen by the Victorian Minister for the Arts.
The Board's functions are set out in the Libraries Act 1988 and include:
- ensuring the maintenance, preservation and development of a state collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Victoria and the people of Victoria
- ensuring that the state collection is available to Victorians, subject to any conditions the Board makes
- ensuring the availability of services and facilities in relation to library matters and library material (including bibliographic services)
- arranging the publication and sale of reproductions of any library material in the state collection
- overseeing the exhibition of material from the state collection for information, education and entertainment
- overseeing cooperation in programs with libraries and information organisations to promote access to library and information services and resources
- exercising leadership and promoting high standards in the provision of library and information services
- providing advice to the minister on any matter concerning libraries and information organisations
- performing any other functions appropriate to the Board that the minister may approve
The Board's functions should also contribute to the cultural, educational, social and economic development of Victorians.
About the Board members
Board members are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for the Arts. Members represent interests in academia, business, government, information technology and the humanities. Up to 11 members serve on the Board for up to three years. Members are eligible for reappointment.