Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest information
Glasgow Life’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated regularly regarding the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our services. Please bookmark this page and check back often to keep up-to-date with our latest messaging.
Updated Friday 9 April 2021 at 9am
In line with the Scottish Government's timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions Glasgow Life has today (Friday 9 April) outlined the dates we expect to reopen more than 90 of the city’s much-loved public buildings.
From Monday 26 April, we will reopen some of the city’s most iconic venues, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and the Emirates Arena. The Mitchell Library will reopen on Tuesday 27 April.
Much-loved community and sports facilities including Hillhead Library, Linn Park Adventure Playground, Glasgow BMX Centre and Tollcross International Swimming Centre will also open their doors in the coming weeks.
Click on this link to view the full list of venues we are planning to reopen and indicative dates.
As it has been throughout the pandemic, our priority will be to ensure that the return of our staff and the public is managed safely. Our reopening plans are subject to local infection rates and Glasgow being in, or below, level three of the Government’s Covid-19 protection levels. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidance and ensure that safety is at the heart of how we operate in the current environment.
Visitor numbers will be restricted at all Glasgow Life venues due to social distancing, and for some venues advance booking will be required. Full details on how to book, and further information on visiting venues safely will be published on this page soon.
We have already reopened 10 libraries across the city for computer and internet access, and 14 outdoor sports venues including pitches, tennis and bowls facilities, in line with ongoing Government guidance.
Customers wishing to book PC access at the 10 libraries we currently have open can do so by calling or visiting any of them during opening hours. You can find contact details for each of them here. All 10 libraries are following the same opening hours:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 2pm – 7pm
- Wednesday: 11am – 4pm
- Thursday: 11am – 7pm
- Friday: 11am – 4pm
- Saturday: 10am – 2pm
- Sunday: Closed
PC sessions are limited to 60 minutes and printing, scanning and photocopying are available to those with a pre-booked computer session. However, customers are unable to borrow books or retrieve reserved items. All overdue library fines will be waived until 1 October 2021.
Glasgow Life's eLibrary has a huge range of digital content available 24/7 for work, study and pleasure. You can access over 12,000 eBooks and audiobooks, 100 popular magazine titles and 15 million songs, all of which are free and available to download to your phone, PC or tablet. We also have a huge range of free eLearning resources to help boost your knowledge, business, study and research. Click here to get started.
If you, or someone you know, needs help to get online or improve their digital skills, you can call our free Digital Support helpline on 0800 158 3974. Lines are open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and on Fridays from 9am to 1pm.
We also have a Universal Credit helpline to support you with making or maintaining your Universal Credit claim. This service is completely free and is available with translation support for non-English speakers. Please call 0808 169 9901, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The Glasgow Club team is currently in the process of getting in touch with all members, including those who reactivated prior to December 2020. Please keep an eye on your email inbox in order to keep up-to-date with information on direct debits, membership updates and reactivation, class timetables, and all available sport services.
As is mandatory under existing restrictions, not all of Glasgow Life’s services will be available when we reopen. At present, this includes indoor fitness classes and contact sport for over 18s. We will continue to monitor and adhere to any changes to restrictions announced by the Scottish Government in the coming weeks.
Use of Glasgow Life venues as Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres:
A number of Glasgow Life venues are also being used by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as part of the nationwide Covid-19 testing and vaccination programme. It is the NHS who will invite you to an appointment at a vaccination centre, not Glasgow City Council or Glasgow Life
Click on this link for information on Glasgow Life venues which are being used by the NHS.
If you have questions about your vaccination (for example, if you need to change your appointment), these should be directed to NHS Inform's Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline, which is available every day from 8am to 8pm on 0800 030 8013.
We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to Covid-19 and our reopening plans so, whether you need it now or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark.
British Sign Language (BSL) users: For more information and the latest updates on Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council services during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the dedicated BSL section of the council’s website.
Support us: As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is hugely grateful for the support it has received during the coronavirus pandemic, which has helped us to continue vital work in communities across the city during the most challenging of times. You can continue to help us by donating here.