Libraries for under fives


Updated Guidance

The Scottish Government has updated its Bookbug guidance through the Scottish Book Trust.

It is suggested that parents or carers who are booking to attend a Bookbug session take a Lateral Flow Test at home prior to attending.

Face coverings must be worn at all times unless exempt. Children under 12 are not required to wear face coverings but may choose to do so.

Please do not attend a session if you feel unwell or are a close contact of someone who is unwell and has yet to get results of PCR.

For more information

COVID guidance for organised children activities.

Every library hosts regular Bookbug sessions. These are free, fun-filled times of stories, songs and rhymes for children aged 0 to 4 years and their parents or carers.

Contact a library for Bookbug details 

Bookbug's library challenge

Pick up your free Bookbug library challenge collector card from a library. Children collect stickers as they borrow books. After collecting six stickers your child gets a colourful certificate designed by a children's book illustrator. The more books they borrow, the more certificates they get.

Bookbug bags

Bookbug bags is a Scottish Government initiative, delivered through the Scottish Book Trust and councils.

You receive four bags for free. Each bag contains 3 books, goodies and information on how to play and sing with your child and how to join the library.


  • health visitor gives you Bookbug Baby in your baby’s first year
  • health visitor gives you Bookbug Toddler when your child is between 1 and 2 years old
  • early years setting gives you Bookbug Explorer when your child is 3 years old
  • primary schools give you Bookbug P1 Family Bag.

You can request all 4 bags in Gaelic.

If you have missed a bag you can ask for one at the library.

Read more about Bookbug at the Scottish Book Trust.