SLIC was asked by the CoSLA Arts and Culture Working Group to lead the development of a National Strategy for public libraries in Scotland.

To support the development of the Strategy, SLIC convened the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland Strategic Group. The Strategy has been informed by a process of engagement including independent deliberative research, a questionnaire to gather views and a series of visits to public libraries.

The Strategy, ‘Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020’ was delivered to an audience of library stakeholders at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) annual conference (1-2 June 2015).

The strategy has been developed to re-invigorate the role and perception of libraries and in particular sets out how libraries can address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. It builds on the strengths of public libraries as a network of over 600 library service points, visited over 28 million times a year and increasingly online, with a further 13.8 million virtual visits.

If you would like a hard copy of the strategy, please email

Download the National Strategy


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View a collection of tweets about the Strategy which was published on the 2nd June 2015.


In September 2016 SLIC celebrated the achievements made during the first year of the National Strategy. Held in Hamilton’s Town House, the event showcased just some of the accomplishments made over the last 12 months or so. Since the launch of Ambition & Opportunity over £2.3 million has been invested in Scotland’s libraries.

In a digital age our public libraries are demonstrating tremendous strength and resilience, proving they have a key part to play in Scotland’s economic, political, social and cultural life. You can download our brochure and poster to find out more about various projects happening throughout Scotland.

Realising Ambition & Opportunity Brochure

Realising Ambition & Opportunity Poster

View a collection of tweets on Storify from the Realising Ambition & Opportunity event.

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