Libraries and community centres - Coronavirus update

Updated 30 July 2021

Libraries reopening

These libraries have reopened:

  • Balgreen
  • Blackhall
  • Central
  • Colinton
  • Craigmillar
  • Currie
  • Drumbrae
  • Fountainbridge - due to use as a COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre, will close at 5pm on Wednesday 4 August and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 17 August
  • Gilmerton - due to use as a COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre, is currently closed but will reopen at 1pm on Wednesday 18 August
  • Kirkliston
  • McDonald Road
  • Moredun - due to use as a COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre, is currently closed but will reopen at 1pm on Monday 2 August
  • Morningside
  • Piershill - due to use as a COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre, is currently closed but will reopen at 1pm on Wednesday 11 August
  • Portobello
  • Ratho (mobile library)
  • South Queensferry
  • Stockbridge
  • Wester Hailes - due to use as a COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre, is currently closed but will reopen at 1pm on Wednesday 11 August

Closed libraries - COVID-19 test centres

From Monday 22 March until at least the end of October 2021

  • Leith Library
  • Newington Library 
  • Oxgangs Library 
  • Sighthill Library at Gate 55

will operate as COVID test centres. The buildings are operated by the NHS for this period and no library transactions or staff will be available during this time. We will update you with any changes.

Safety measures in libraries

Please remember that numbers will be limited in the buildings due to the safety measures in place:

Services available on reopening

The buildings will be open by appointment for

  • browsing and borrowing books
  • using computers and the internet
  • processing bus passes (National Entitlement Cards)
  • collecting hearing aid batteries.

You don't need to book to return books nor pick up free sanitary products.

Read about libraries’ reopening on the Your Library website.

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

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience.

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.

Fire Safety in Community Centres