National Library of Scotland and Moray Libraries

Launch of groundbreaking partnership

Friday 28 October is a key day for Moray's libraries when a groundbreaking partnership with the National Library of Scotland (NLS) is launched in Elgin Library at 11am.

It is particularly apt that this partnership should involve Moray as it was a Moray man, Sir Alexander Grant of Logie, who made today's National Library of Scotland possible through his donation of some £200,000 in the 1920s, equivalent to £12m today, for the rebuilding of NLS.

The partnership will ensure improved access to national resources, the promotion of NLS in Moray, joint marketing initiatives and close co-operation in planning exhibitions. Particular emphasis will be given to raising the awareness of NLS to teachers, schools and lifelong learners, particularly those using library-learning centres.

Welcoming this initiative Councillor Alasdair Urquhart, Chair of the Educational Services Committee, will say:

'This exciting partnership will benefit the people of Moray, the libraries service in Moray and a key Scottish institution, the National Library of Scotland. It will inform library provision across Scotland and further improve access for those communities distanced by geography from our wonderful national collections, but not distanced by ideas or a thirst for knowledge.

'We welcome the new vision, energy and commitment of the NLS as it reaches out to the community of Scotland. We are privileged to be working with one of the world's leading research libraries with its world-class collections, services and expertise. This can only be beneficial for Moray.'

Martyn Wade, the National Librarian, says:

'The National Library of Scotland is delighted to be working with Moray Council to bring its world-class collections and services closer to the people of Moray. This partnership with Moray Libraries and Information Services is a groundbreaking development that will bring national and local resources together in new and imaginative ways for the benefit of both individuals and communities.'

27 October 2005

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