Public libraries

Last updated: 18 August 2020

Public libraries reopening after coronavirus (COVID-19) closures

Some public libraries have been reopening from 15 July 2020. Check with your local council which public libraries will open and when. Opening times may be different to before they had to close.

Services your local library provides

Your local library provides a range of services, including:

  • free computer and internet access
  • free book loans
  • CD, DVD and audio book loans
  • events, activities and training
  • volunteering opportunities

Your library membership gives you access to online resources and services too.

Find your nearest library

Other library resources

As well as your local library, you may also want to use other types of libraries, for example national and university libraries. These tend to be for more specialist research and may have restrictions about who can use them.

The following organisations can help you find out what is available:

The Scottish Library and Information Council website has a map of public libraries.

The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library. It offers:

You can visit the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries's (SCURL) membership is made up of Scotland's university and research libraries.