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Reopening of libraries

The first phase of reopening libraries will see a selection of branches across the city opening on Tuesday 6 October.

The six branches are:

•  Central Library

•  Fountainbridge Library

•  Kirkliston Library

•  McDonald Road Library

•  Newington Library

•  Stockbridge Library


Initially at least, services will be restricted. As you might expect, numbers within buildings will be limited and social distancing measures will be in place. Face coverings are mandatory in Libraries.

From Tuesday 6 October you can:

  • return your books
  • pick up Hey Girls sanitary products

You will have to book a slot to:

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

You can make your booking online here.

Or by phoning one of the six branches above.

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

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


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

Libraries update 5 October 2020


Reopening FAQs Reopening FAQs

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

Library reopening FAQs ►

Library reopening FAQs (PDF version) ►

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