The National Library of Scotland has set out a series of plans which aim to make it one of the leading national libraries in Europe.
Its new strategy, 'The way forward 2015-2020', contains six key objectives which aim to increase the number of people who use and benefit from the Library's internationally renowned collections.
There are plans to transform the Library into a national digital library and have a third of the collection in digital format by 2025.
This will mean that people will be able to consult large parts of the collection online, rather than having to physically visit the Library's buildings.
Research and learning
At the same time, in its future plans the Library reaffirms the importance of the physical book and of the Library as a physical destination.
Other priorities include promoting and encouraging research, and using its collections to support learning and education for people of all ages across Scotland and further afield.
National Librarian Dr John Scally said: 'We are the guardian of the published and recorded memory of Scotland for current and future generations and our aim is to make the knowledge held within our collections as widely available as possible.'
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21 September 2015