Transcript of the National Librarian's video introduction to the Library's 2015-2020 strategy, 'The way forward'.
John Scally, National Librarian: This is the heart of the National Library of Scotland — holding collections that span the centuries and preserve the memory the nation.
We are the custodians of over 24 million items held in trust for the people of Scotland.
Our aim is to be one of the best national libraries in Europe and we have set ourselves six clear objectives to achieve that ambition.
[caption: 1. Safeguarding collections]
Voiceover: We will be the guardian of the published memory of Scotland for current and future generations and make our collections widely available for study and enjoyment.
[caption: 2. Improving access]
Voiceover: We will make it easier to access our vast collections — we will have a third in digital format by 2025.
[caption: 3. Promoting research]
Voiceover: We will encourage and promote research as a defining characteristic of the Library.
[caption: 4. Supporting learning]
Voiceover: We will ensure our collections and services make an important contribution to the education, learning and advancement of our citizens and the success of our nation.
[caption: 5. Inspiring engagement
Voiceover: We will design and deliver public engagement programmes that will educate, entertain and inspire the communities of
[caption: 6. Reaching out]
Voiceover: We will develop the National Library as an exciting and memorable destination for both onsite and online visitors.
John Scally: The National Library is everyone's library.
People come from all over the world to visit our exhibitions, carry out research, or just to have a coffee and use the Wi-Fi in our spaces.
Even more visit us online — millions in fact.
We are a cathedral of knowledge and information, dedicated to doing the best to help you.