While we all want to see our libraries up and running again, our top priority is the health of residents and colleagues.
How we safely manage the reopening of any of our services is directed by Scottish Government guidance and Safer Workplace Guidance for Public Libraries. The planning also considers that each library building has its own specific considerations.
In planning the re-opening of Edinburgh’s libraries, we have considered different approaches adopted by our colleagues in many services across Scotland and more widely afield in England, Northern Ireland and Europe.
We are confident that opening our buildings in this phased approach follows the Scottish Government guidelines and maintains health, safety and comfort for our staff and customers.
The first phase of opening will see a selection of library buildings across the city reopening on Tuesday 13 October.
We envisage that, initially at least, services will be limited to browsing and borrowing, returning items, free access to computers, internet and WiFi, support with National Entitlement card online applications, Hey Girls free sanitary provision, hearing aid batteries, printing and photocopying.
As you might expect, numbers within buildings will be limited, social distancing measures will be in place and some services will only be available by booking in advance.
The 6 libraries are Central, Kirkliston, McDonald Road, Fountainbridge, Stockbridge and Newington.
Further information will be advertised in the coming weeks.
We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government guidance as the situation can change rapidly as you’ll have seen from other areas of Scotland and the UK.
Our Home Delivery service continues to deliver library books to our most vulnerable and housebound customers, and our digital and online services have remained active throughout – you can use your card to access resources.
We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back.