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.
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.
Three key themes underpin the vision for public libraries in Scotland from 2021-2025:
Libraries will support people and communities to reach their full potential and celebrate the unique skill set of staff.
Libraries will be recognised as both valued places and place makers, with community led design at the heart.
Libraries will deliver on local and national priorities through a strategic approach to collaboration and partnership.