NLI launches its 2015 Annual Review and 2016-2021 Strategy

Dr Sandra Collins, speaking today (08.09.16) at the launch by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, of the NLI’s Annual Review 2015 and its Strategy for the next five years, outlined the Library’s vision to expand the national collections for a changing digital world.

 “The national collections are the heart of the Library. They are permanent and open to all.  The National Library has always collected the memory of Ireland in its many different forms, from letters to manuscripts, from photographs to newspapers, and today as our lives become more digital we are adding these new digital memories into the national collections.”

Minister Humphreys said: “Since its foundation almost 140 years ago, the National Library has played a fundamental role in preserving our country’s story and memory.  It protects material of national and international significance, keeping them safe in perpetuity for the nation.  As we move into an increasingly digital age, the Library is leading the way by making its collections available online, ensuring the widest possible audience for its catalogue.”

The Annual Review 2015 outlines the achievements of the Library last year.

Key highlights from the Annual Review 2015:

• The NLI attracted 21.1 million interactions online.
• There were almost a quarter of a million visitors to the NLI in 2015.
• A total of 12,887 new and antiquarian books were catalogued – including books from the WB Yeats Library, the poet’s own book collection.
• During 2015, 15,859 people attended tours, talks, workshops and performances at the NLI.
• Six major exhibitions were staged during 2015, attracting 150,000 visitors. A series of travelling exhibitions were hosted by 13 locations, around Ireland and internationally, increasing the reach and access of the Library’s exhibitions.

To read the full press release, please click here.

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