Browsing is back as re-opening of libraries continues

Wednesday, 21 July, 2021

BooksIt’s been a long wait, but library staff are delighted to welcome back loyal members as the doors re-open for browsing sessions. Customers will once again be able to peruse the shelves and leave with an armful of must-read titles.

In line with the phased nature of the re-opening, browsing will initially take place on specific days at each library. Customers do not need to make an appointment to drop in, however, if the number of people inside reaches capacity, a short wait may be required until another customer leaves. To help us ensure that physical distancing can be observed, please come alone if possible, and aim to stay no longer than 30 minutes.

Libraries will initially be open on the following days and times for book browsing:

  • Milngavie: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (from 20 July)
  • Lennoxtown: Tuesdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (from 20 July)
  • William Patrick: Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm (from 28 July)
  • Bearsden: Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm (from 28 July)
  • Bishopbriggs: Thursdays and Fridays 10am-5pm (from 29 July)

In line with the Scottish Government’s Level 0 guidance, strict safety measures will remain in place to protect customers and library staff. Library members will be met at the door and will be asked to wear a face-covering when moving around inside the library.

Drop boxes are also available outside these libraries. Library books can be returned to these between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and on selected evenings between 6pm and 8pm. Please refer to our website or posters for full details information.

EDLC Libraries is also introducing a telephone support line for customers who need technical assistance including help getting online, setting up devices or using a computer. This new service is available every Tuesday between 10am 5pm by calling 0141 777 3155 to get through to a dedicated member of staff.

Libraries will continue to offer one-hour long computer and printing sessions by appointment which members can make online. Those who are not yet members can book by calling their local library.

Our popular Connect and Collect service also remain in place to serve those who prefer not to browse in person at this time - available days and times are listed outside the library or online at Those who cannot travel for health reasons can also still access our Home Services.

Chair of EDLC Trust Cllr Vaughan Moody, said, “The news that members can once more browse in our libraries will be very welcome news for book-lovers across East Dunbartonshire. Our libraries have responded to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic with incredible creativity. The various different ways in which their services can now be accessed, and the fact this has been implemented in such a short space of time, has been so impressive. For many of us though, nothing beats the joy of being able to walk in and physically browse the shelves and I’m delighted that this is now possible.”

As restrictions ease, EDLC Libraries plans to re-introduce Bookbug Sessions, study spaces, 1-1 digital support and reading groups by appointment, so keep an eye on our social media for updates. Happy reading!


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