Five ways to celebrate National Libraries Day

Saturday 9th February is National Libraries Day. How will you celebrate? We’ve come up with a few ideas, but we’re sure you can think of more…

1. Meet famous authors and illustrators
The incredibly talented Lari Don, Helen Hendry, Viv French and Cate James have all kindly agreed to appear at libraries throughout the city during the day. Details on our “What’s on in libraries” page

2. Don’t pay your fines!
We’re having a fines amnesty, not just for National Libraries Day, but right through till 5pm on Friday 15th February. You will not be charged for any overdue items which you return between those dates. We will also write off any outstanding fines you may have on your account – just ask a member of library staff during the amnesty.

3. Create your own book sculpture – or book
Inspired by Edinburgh’s mystery book sculptures? So were we. Pop into the Art Library between 11am and 12.30pm or 3.00 – 4.30pm  and we’ll help you make your own. And Moredun Library are inviting adult readers to contribute to a collective story writing effort. Contribute a few lines on your visit to the library then get a copy of the complete book once it’s finished. Runs all week.

4. Be a library adviser for the day
Portobello Library is offering 8-12 year olds are getting the chance to try out as a Library Adviser, and get a bit of experience working in a library. Successful try-outs will get to keep their badge. Book in advance – call 0131 529 5558 or email

5. Introduce a friend to the library
Maybe someone you know thinks libraries are not for them. And if they don’t like books, films, music, games, learning or enjoying themselves, maybe they’re right. But if they do, drag them along and change their life. They’ll be forever in your debt.


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