The Ministry, as part of the Spanish Central Administration, is responsible for protecting, and growing Spain's Historical Heritage and transferring it to future generations.
To carry out these functions, it has at its disposal:
Office of State Archives. This is the management body of the General Department of Books, Archives and Libraries and is responsible for designing, managing and co-ordinating the custody, conservation and dissemination of the Documentary Heritage. It also manages the network of archives and centres which are subordinate to the Ministry of Culture.
The Office comprises the following bodies:
It also participates in professional organisations such as the: