Edinburgh set to welcome back six of its local libraries as part of a phased re-opening plan

by Rebecca Raeburn
Communications, Edinburgh
City of Literature Trust

5 October 2020

Last month the City of Edinburgh Council announced that six of its local libraries would be re-opening in October as part of a phased resumption of the library service.

Central, Kirkliston, McDonald Road, Fountainbridge, Stockbridge and Newington libraries are set to re-open on Tuesday 6 October to the public. As a means of ensuring safety and compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, visitor numbers within buildings will be limited and social distancing measures will be in place.

As a city we are endlessly grateful for the work of the staff and volunteers who make our libraries what they are. Not only a home to books, they are also spaces of support and community. To welcome them back, we wanted to help people make use of their services and to share some information about each of the libraries re-opening next week.

What to expect?

IMAGE - Edinburgh Libraries - Guidelines

Central Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am – 5pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: 10am – 5pm, Friday: 10am – 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Central Library, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG.

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Kirkliston Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am - 2pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: Closed, Friday: 10am - 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Kirkliston Library, 16 Station Road, EH29 9BE.

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McDonald Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am – 5pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: 10am – 5pm, Friday: 10am – 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

McDonald Library, 2 McDonald Road, EH7 4LU.

Facebook page.

Fountainbridge Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am - 2pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: Closed, Friday: 10am- 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Fountainbridge Library, 137 Dundee Street, EH11 1BG.

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Stockbridge Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am - 2pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: Closed, Friday: 10am - 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA.

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Newington Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday: 10am - 5pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Thursday: 10am - 5pm, Friday: 10am - 2pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Newington Library, 11 Hamilton Place, EH9 2LN.

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From Tuesday 6 October, you will be able to return your books, but will have to book a slot to browse and borrow books, use a public computer, apply for a National Entitlement Card (bus pass), and collect hearing aid batteries. You can make your booking online here.

Additionally, Edinburgh Libraries' Home Delivery service continues to deliver library books to their most vulnerable and housebound customers. Their digital and online services are free to use for all library members, simply use your card information to access the resources on the library website. These services give you access to ebooks and audiobooks, academic articles, newspapers and magazines, educational games, skill training resources, family history guides, and much more.

The re-opening of the six libraries listed above also coincides with Libraries Week. This year, Libraries Week takes place from 5-10 October celebrating the theme ‘Your Passport to Reading', which seeks to showcase libraries and their vital contributions to the UK’s book culture.

CILIP Scotland are once more championing Libraries Week in the country, encouraging you to: share your Reading Selfie using #MyBookLife and #LibrariesWeek with the editable graphic available on the Libraries Week website; take a photo of your bookshelf or a book stack featuring books that are important to you using #ExpressYourShelf; and share a photo of your library space using the Libraries Week editable social media graphic.

Let's help support the re-opening of Edinburgh's libraries in time to celebrate #LibrariesWeek. We challenge you to get out and take a photo with your local library, share pictures of your or your library's bookshelves, and tell us about your visit to your local library this week using #EdinburghLibraries.

Additionally, you can keep up to date with Libraries Week 2020 by following @librariesweek on Twitter and using #LibrariesWeek to share your plans.

Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place in the second week of October each year and is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer. Each year they pick a theme and explore the innovative and surprising things that libraries are doing to support their communities.

CILIP Scotland

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) work in partnership with their affiliate UK body, CILIP, to advocate the value of library and information professionals’ skills to society and to support our members. They offer recognition and reward through awards and bursaries and provide a regular newsletter to keep members informed of their advocacy and policy work in devolved matters. They also run national campaigns such as the Libraries Matter campaign on behalf of school and public libraries.