Forward: Scotland's Public Library Strategy 2021-2025 clearly marks the direction of travel for Scotland's public libraries. It builds on strong foundations and the collective desire for a vibrant, sustainable future for Scotland's public library network. 

The Vision for the Future of Scotland's Public Libraries

Forward is the result of a comprehensive research and consultation process. It is informed and shaped by key national policies and priorities, placing libraries at the heart of society’s post-Covid-19 recovery. The strategy aligns with the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework and is rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals making a commitment to a greener and more responsible future.

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Future: Scotland's Public Library Strategy 2021-2025

Three key themes underpin the vision for public libraries in Scotland from 2021-2025:  


Theme 1: People                    Libraries will support people and communities to reach their full potential and celebrate the unique skill set of staff.


 Theme 2: PlaceLibraries will be recognised as both valued places and place makers, with community led design at the heart.


Theme 3: Partnership                Libraries will deliver on local and national priorities through a strategic approach to collaboration and partnership.