Profile of the National Library of Portugal
The National Library of Portugal is located in Lisbon and was created in 1796. It is currently ruled by a Decree-Law of 1980, and enjoys full administrative and financial autonomy within the general legislation applying to a public institution. The Director is appointed by the Prime Minister and the supervising member of the Cabinet. Under the current Cabinet structure, the Director answers directly to the Secretary of State for Culture. The Library occupies a special building inaugurated in 1969.