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Library reopening

Library reopening information Library reopening information

Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.
Services going forward will be informed by Scottish Government, Public Health and City of Edinburgh Council guidance and we will update library members about any changes as soon as we can.

Remember, Your Library is always open online to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.


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

•  Craigmillar Library

•  Drumbrae Library

•  Fountainbridge Library

•  Gilmerton Library

•  Kirkliston Library

•  McDonald Road Library

•  Newington Library

•  Stockbridge Library

•  Westerhailes Library

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

You 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

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

Libraries update 13 January 2021


Reopening FAQs Reopening FAQs

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

Library reopening FAQs ►


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