1 -To be a reference in research and innovative knowledge about the country's past and culture.
2 -Recover and preserve the existing heritage, raising existing technical levels.
3 -Promote as much as possible extension the digitalization of the materials of its different collections, as a way to democratize access to knowledge for all citizens.
4 -Work in coordination with other public and private cultural and educational organizations.
5 -Promote the reading and research in all ages of readers and encourage the various forms of interaction with knowledge.
6 -Increase the level of use of bibliographic collections in all its sections, with emphasis on Uruguayan content.
As a curiosity to mention that coinciding with the inauguration anniversary of the National Library, every May 26th the National Book Day is celebrated in Uruguay.