Society expects individuals to be empowered and capable of realising their potentials in everyday life. As an important part of social infrastructure, libraries also face the challenge of how to operate in order to generate social benefits and make a positive impact on an individual and society in the context of the public service they carry out. By adapting their services and the user environment to the needs of modern society, they have become an open space for the awakening of potentials – potentials for empowering both individuals and society as a whole.
With a view to ensuring unrestricted access to the library materials and information and driven to follow the criteria of the modern computerised society, library activity gradually evolved into a system that harmonised professional standards and linked all kinds of libraries. The entire network is supported by the COBISS coordinated and reciprocal bibliographic system. The implementation of the basic public mission of libraries falls within the remit of the state and municipalities; this task has been entrusted to the central national library, i.e. the National and University Library, which, among other things, is also responsible for the portal dLib.si.