Libraries from home

While many of our buildings remain closed, our libraries are keeping in touch with their communities online.

Follow your local library on Facebook to find out what activities and events they have planned.

Subscribe to the Libraries' Tales of One City blog to keep up with the news from across our libraries.

Activities and events for children and young people

Bookbug

Several libraries are continuing to run Bookbug song and rhyme sessions for 0 to 4 year olds and their parents/carers by live streaming on Facebook at their usual time. 

Children and Young People at Edinburgh Libraries Facebook page

The Children and Young People's team highlight children's activities, events and resources from across our community libraries. Follow the fun on their Facebook page.

Central Library Teen Book Group

The Central Library Teen Book Group continues to meet via Teams fortnightly on Tuesdays at 6pm. Contact Ailsa for more information or if you're interested in joining: ailsa.deans@edinburgh.gov.uk 

Creative learning ideas for children

Muirhouse Library have produced printable activity sheets for children. The full list of beautifully illustrated instructions for getting creative are available to view and download.

Go to activity sheet downloads ►

FUNgineers: digging up the past

Wester Hailes Library have continued their children’s STEM club, FUNgineers during libraries' closure with a series of activity videos all about the wonderful world of archaeology. 

You can watch the videos via the Archaeology Scotland website.

Activities and events for adults

Discover your family history with Find my past

Whilst Libraries remain closed, you can access Find my past for free from home with your library membership. Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk with your library card number for login instructions. 

Edinburgh Collected - can you help us record history today?

Edinburgh Libraries continue our role to document the city's history by recording the visual signs and impact of how life has changed on Edinburgh Collected, our online community archive.

Can you help us by submitting images of your neighbourhood? Once added, we'll add them to the 'Edinburgh 2020-2021 - coronavirus pandemic' scrapbook.

Online book groups

Craigmillar Library  have partnered with Open Book to host an online shared reading group via Zoom. The meetings are fortnightly on Tuesday mornings, from 10 to 11 am. 

A Lead Reader from Open Book will bring the reading materials to each session - usually a short story and a poem or two. Participants can read aloud if they wish, or just sit back and enjoy the story. Every now and then the reading stops for the group to discuss the material together.

Stockbridge Library have a monthly audiobook group. The selected titles will be available to download free from our Overdrive/Libby service. Listen to the book and then join the discussion on Teams.  

Southwest Edinburgh Libraries are hosting an online book group. A live discussion will take place through a free online video/audio call service. The book group meet online fortnightly on Thursdays at 3pm. All books chosen for the book group will be from the 'No Wait' collection on the Libraries' Overdrive/Libby ebook service. Please email westerhailes.library@edinburgh.gov.uk for more information and to find out how to join in.

Stay connected, stay well

Home Learning

Stay at home family activities