Children and families

Helping give young people the best start in life
Five seated children all laughing and smiling towards a person (not seen) sitting and reading a book.

How Glasgow Life Libraries can help you and your child

Children and families are at the heart of everything we do at Glasgow Life Libraries.

We welcome everyone to our libraries and want children to discover the joy of books and reading.

We have a fantastic range of children’s books in all our libraries as well as a children's section in each library. We have regular activities as well as reading challenges and author events.

Reading from an early age helps to give young people the best start in life. Glasgow libraries are here to help at every stage.

We offer free and fun activities to keep everyone entertained. This can be a fantastic way to meet and chat with other parents, guardians and carers too.

Our regular sessions include:

  • Bookbug: Songs, stories and rhymes for under-fives, including babies and toddlers. 
  • Lego Fun drop-in: Aimed at children aged five to 11, who can let their imagination run wild as they build and play.
  • T.E.A.M: Science and technology with arts and crafts, Lego and K’nex workshops for those aged five to 11.
  • CoderDojo: A network of computer coding clubs for young people aged eight to 17.
  • Children’s craft clubs: Themes include the seasons, space travel and sport. Get creative with pens, pencils, crayons, colourful paper, ribbons, wool, glue, and pipe cleaners.

Find out what's on in our libraries

Reading from an early age is great for imagination and creativity, as well as language skills. Enjoying books together is a fun way to spend time as a family.

Our library activity programme includes reading challenges and author events for everyone to join in.

Small child with dark hair, sitting on the floor with their back to the camera reading a book and pointing at the words and fish images. They are wearing wellington boots.

Every Child A Library Member (ECALM)

Here at Glasgow Libraries we want Every Child A Library Member.

A library card is one of the best gifts you can give your child and its free!

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Events and activities for children and families



Bookbug in Partick Library. Adult holding a small child who is squeezing the Bookbug mascot's nose. Bookbug is a yellow smiling bug developed by the Scottish Book Trust. They have wings and antennae and wear red dungarees.


We have regular Bookbug sessions in our libraries. They are fun free sessions for the under 5s. Songs and stories for wee ones and their carers.

Find a Bookbug session
Three young people (cartoon images) smiling. One on the left and right are working at a computer and the person in the middle is raising their hands and looking happy.


Glasgow Life Libraries Coding Clubs

Glasgow Life Libraries have a network of free Coderdojo coding clubs for young people (ages 8-17). A chance to learn how to be creative with code, while having fun and making new friends.

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Our libraries

Multicoloured letters on a window in Barmulloch library - spelling out 'Reading is the window to your world' there are also coloured paper butterflies. You can see out in to the street beyond the library.
Barmulloch Library window - Reading is the window to your world
Brightly coloured children's section of Gorbals Library. Lots of boxes filled with picture books and red, yellow, blue and green coloured chairs.
Gorbals Library children's section
Primary aged child sitting reading a book, in a reading tunnel in the children's section of Woodside library
Child enjoying a book in Woodside Library
Adult reading from a picture book about wild animals to a small child
Adult reading to a small child in Knightswood library
Children's area in Shettleston library
Brightly coloured children's area in Partick Library. There are round stools, coloured chairs, bright carpets and lots of books.
Partick Library children's area
Young child sitting reading a book in Partick library. In the background is a frieze of Glasgow showing a crane, trees and people.
Child reading in Partick library
Group of children in a library smiling and listening to someone reading a story

Find out what's on in our libraries

We have events and activities for all ages.

What's on in Glasgow Life Libraries