Libraries and community centres - Coronavirus update

Updated 12 April.

From Monday 22 March until at least the end of August, Leith Library, Newington Library and Oxgangs Library and Sighthill Library at Gate 55 will operate as COVID test centres. The buildings will be operated by the NHS for this period and no library transactions or staff will be available during this time. We will update with any changes to that timetable.

Library reopening

We are keen to open libraries in line with the Scottish Government route map which allows for this from 26 April 2021, where safe to do so. However, as you know this is in a context of challenges - including the Scottish Government guidance and the continuing pressure on resources to keep our school population safe. The health and safety of citizens and staff is our priority. We work closely with our colleagues in Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Estates to ensure this.  

We intend to reopen libraries in similar way to what we did before Christmas 2020. It is complex to allocate resources when there are competing priorities in the city, so we can't specific on locations or dates for reopening yet. Please be assured that we are working to plan for library reopening.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience. Your Library is always open online to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers and we hope to be able to open our doors and welcome you back into our buildings as soon as we can.  

Community centre reopening guidance

We have guidance for community centres reopening, covering topics as

  • health and safety
  • trusted keyholder procedure
  • COVID guidance
  • asbestos
  • COVID signage.

Management committees (MC) may find these documents useful.

These documents include the temporary missive which MCs will need to sign before access can be granted for indoor activity. The temporary missive places additional responsibilities upon the MC.

If your MC wishes to restart activities, please contact your locality Lifelong Learning Manager to discuss.