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Are you part of a local charity, community group or voluntary organisation that is looking for funding?

Edinburgh Libraries provide free online access to Edinburgh4community, a massive online database of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds that you can apply for. It’s super-easy to use and gives you all the information you need to apply for grants including the application forms. 

Best of all, you set up your searches to continue to send you new sources of funding as they are added to the database – saving you time and earning you money.

Read through our help instructions or watch the step-by-step guide to get started with looking for funding opportunities.


Spring forward with Chatterbooks

Chatterbooks reading groups give children a chance to build a lifelong love for reading and to share their love of books with others. It’s estimated that there are almost 9000 children belonging to Chatterbooks groups across the UK. Contact your local library to find out about a Chatterbooks group near you!

As the clocks go forward this weekend some of our Chatterbooks groups will be reading books about time travel. Here are some of our favourite time travel stories to get you started:

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A children’s sci-fi classic recently made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright  – Christopher Edge
When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie’s mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum’s computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her.


Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman
You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.


Felix Frost, Time Detective: Roman Riddle – Eleanor Hawken
Join Felix Frost, secret boy genius, his chameleon Einstein and his classmate Missy as they travel back in time to Ancient Rome, where terrifying danger and embarrassing togas await.

But can they solve the riddle of a mysterious gladiator skeleton without getting themselves skewered in the gladiator arena?


Myth Raiders: Claw of the Sphinx  – A.J. Hunter
Geology-mad Sam and her American cousin Trey are the Chosen Ones, destined to save the world from destruction by gathering together the scattered fragments of The Warrior’s Shield. They’ve already rescued one section of the enchanted shield from the terrifying Medusa, and now learn that the second piece is being guarded by a fearsome sphinx – a creature with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and the face of a human. So Sam and Trey must travel to Ancient Egypt, and face mummies, beast-headed warriors… and the deadly sphinx itself!

Easter opening hours for Libraries

Our opening hours over Easter are:

Friday 30 March – closed
Saturday 31 March – open as normal
Sunday 1 and Monday 2 April – closed
and then from Tuesday 3 April – open as normal

Remember you can visit Your Library online throughout the Easter break to read and download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

Strangers from a strange land

The Rare Books Edinburgh festival is dedicated to rare, important books and the history of the book.

In support of the festival, Central Library is putting on a display of special books entitled ‘Strangers from a Strange Land’. The exhibition showcases books which started life in faraway places and have travelled to Scotland and found a home on the shelves of Edinburgh Libraries.

One of the highlights on display is a Latin edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle printed in 1493.

Visit the exhibition on the Mezzanine at Central Library until 26 March 2018 for a rare chance to see these gems from our collections.


Magazines galore!

Edinburgh Libraries has an amazing 500 British magazines for you to download (and thousands of international ones)!

We’ve two brilliant downloadable magazine services to choose from:

RBdigital – over 100 hand picked bestselling British magazines available on a super easy to use app or website. Download as many as you like and keep them forever.
PressReader – over 300 British and almost 3500 international magazines. Download up to 20 a day through the app or stream unlimited numbers through the website.

Use your library card to login on your tablet, smartphone or computer – there’s full instructions available on our Your Library website. You can use these services from anywhere so whilst on holiday or when your train gets suddenly delayed – you’ll never be stuck for something to read again!



How well do you know the castles and abbeys of Scotland?

The images below are taken from the Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland by Adam de Cardonnel and were drawn over two hundred years ago. How many can you recognise?

Click on the images to check your answers.

  1. You might have visited or you might have seen this one on TV… an easy one for starters:


2. An iconic seaside ruin:


3. A Borders’ gem:


4. A medieval fortress beside the Clyde:


5. Here’s one for all the Monty Python fans:


6. And finally, another easy one (?), a bit closer to home:

How many did you get?

You can view all the beautiful images from the Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland on Capital Collections.

Macmillan information and engagement event

We are delighted to invite you to Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries first information and engagement event at Central Library.

Come along from 11am-2pm on Thursday 15th March to hear from Michaelagh Broadbent, author of My Daddy is a Superhero; and John Young, author of Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist;  talking about differing cancer perspectives.

A light lunch and refreshments are available throughout the day; along with information from a range of Macmillan programmes and cancer charities. Our programme team and some of our lovely volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our programme, and copies of our annual report will be available on the day. We hope that you can find the time to drop in.

Please book your place on Eventbrite