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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Latest Information

Coronavirus - Latest Information

Latest Library Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the reopening of our libraries. This information is regularly updated so please keep checking in.

FAQs

Your guide to Glasgow Library services during the Covid-19 pandemic

Free PC and Internet Access In 10 Community Libraries

On Tuesday 23rd March the following libraries re-opened for free PC and Internet access only:

  • Bridgeton - 0141 276 0870
  • Drumchapel - 0141 276 1545
  • Library at the Bridge, Easterhouse - 0141 276 9712
  • Gorbals - 0141 429 0949
  • Ibrox - 0141 276 0712
  • Partick - 0141 276 1560
  • Pollokshaws - 0141 276 1535
  • Possilpark - 0141 276 0928
  • Royston - 0141 276 0890
  • Shettleston - 0141 276 1643

A free pre-booked appointment is required to use the library computers. Customers wishing to book PC access can do so either by calling or visiting one of the 10 libraries during opening hours. All PC sessions are limited to 60 minutes, to cope with expected demand.

All 10 libraries will be open from;

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 2pm–7pm
  • Wednesdays: 11am-4pm
  • Thursdays: 11am-7pm
  • Fridays: 11am-4pm
  • Saturdays: 10am-2pm
  • Sundays: Closed

In all libraries, one way systems have been introduced, alongside hand-sanitising stations, screens, signage, and a PC booking system; all of which are there to help protect both visitors and staff. In every venue, capacity will be, by necessity, much lower than usual.

Printing, scanning and photocopying will be available to those with a pre-booked computer session.

Access technology will be available on request in all libraries, except Library at the Bridge, with Zoomtext readers that enlarge, enhance and read-aloud content on a computer screen, and Hi-Vis keyboards provided for customers to use with library computers free of charge. Free to use JAWS technology is also installed in Drumchapel, Gorbals and Bridgeton libraries.

The 10 libraries will be open for free computer access only. Customers will be unable to borrow books, or retrieve reserved items. All overdue library fines will be waived until 1 October 2021.

The Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library is currently closed until at least the end of March. Further updates will be made in line with any further Scottish Government advice.

Spring 2021 Reopenings

The following libraries are planned to re-open in Spring 2021, depending on localised health and infection rates and subject to Glasgow being in, or below, level three of the Scottish Government’s local Covid protection levels.

Anniesland, Cardonald, Castlemilk, Dennistoun, Govanhill, Hillhead, Knightswood, Langside, Pollok, Pollokshields, Riddrie, Springburn

We'll issue further information on dates and opening times soon. 

Why are some libraries not reopening in the next phase?

The Glasgow Libraries which are not scheduled for re-opening in the next phase are:

Glasgow Library Reason for not re-opening in the next phase:
Elder Park Library
Woodside Library
Current/planned building works
Couper Library
Barmulloch Library
Gallery of Modern Art Library
Cannot comply with Scottish Government guidance on physical distancing
Baillieston Library
Maryhill Library
Milton Library
Parkhead Library
Whiteinch Library

Forms part of the city’s community hubs programme, which is under development

We will continue to work with Glasgow City Council to review and prioritise when and where more venues can re-open.