Library reopening information

The following branches are now open:

•  Central Library (only Central Lending and Children's Library is open)

•  Craigmillar Library 

•  Drumbrae Library

•  Fountainbridge Library

•  Kirkliston Library

•  McDonald Road Library

•  Stockbridge Library

•  Westerhailes Library 


The following branch will open on Wednesday 26 May:

•  Gilmerton Library 


It is hoped that our remaining Libraries will reopen again as soon as possible after these dates.

Initially, services will be restricted with numbers within buildings being limited and social distancing measures in place. Face coverings are mandatory in libraries.

Customers over the age of 12 will need to book a slot online or by phoning one of the open branches to:

  • browse and borrow books
  • use a public computer
  • apply for a National Entitlement Card (bus pass)
  • collect hearing aid batteries

Book your visit online 


No need to book to:

  • return your books
  • pick up Hey Girls sanitary products

Read our reopening frequently asked questions for further details of how services will work in our reopened libraries.

Edinburgh Libraries are supporting NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. To stop the spread of Coronavirus we’ll record your name, contact telephone number, date of your visit, time of arrival and departure. We have a lawful basis to process your information. Contacting people who might have been exposed to coronavirus is an important step in stopping the spread. Your information will be held securely, controlled by City of Edinburgh Libraries and will be destroyed after 21 days. Your information will only be used if requested by NHS Scotland or statutory partners. You have the right to have your data erased or corrected. For the full Collection of Data Privacy Notice, visit

To help stop the spread in Edinburgh, NHS Lothian is using some of our libraries as community covid-19 test centres - Leith Library, Newington Library, Sighthill Library at Gate 55 and Oxgangs Library won’t be open until the end of October. We’re working on getting other libraries open safely and will let you know when they are.


We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back.

Libraries update 5 May 2021


Reopening FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of our libraries:

Library reopening FAQs ►

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