The National Library of Malaysia (NLM) was established in 1966 as a unit within the National Archive. The NLM became a full federal department in 1972 under the National Library Act 1972 (Act 80). It is under the administration of the director-general of the National Archive and National Library.

In 1977, the NLM became a fully independent federal department with its own director-general. Today the NLM is under the umbrella of the Information, Commu­nications and Culture Ministry.

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