The National Library has the statutory obligation to act as the National Bibliographic Agency and to compile the National Bibliography of Mauritius. The National Bibliography of Mauritius is an important tool which aims to list every work printed or published in and on Mauritius, to describe it in detail and give its bibliographical and subject matter as precisely as possible according to international cataloguing standard. It includes works in different format, that is, books, serials, society newsletters, government publications, company accounts and reports and newspapers.
The National Bibliography of Mauritius is a useful information tool for researchers and information seekers and gives access to the National Library’s Mauritiana Collection. It also incorporate comprehensive author, title and subject indexes, which are meant to guide users in their researcher work. Moreover, the National Bibliography is a valuable tool for verifying bibliographic information and encourages standardization in classification and facilitates book processing for libraries. It is also a useful tool for collection development for libraries.
The National Library also compiles other bibliographies of national interest, such as, Bibliography on Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam, Indian Immigrations, Slavery etc.