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Glasgow Life confirms reopening dates for five more libraries

Glasgow Life confirms reopening dates for five more libraries

Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers culture and sport in the city, has today (Tuesday) confirmed the reopening dates for five community libraries.

The Couper Institute Library, Library @ GoMA, Maryhill Library and Whiteinch Library will all reopen on Monday 24 January.

Glasgow Life has also made adaptations to the building Barmulloch Library is in, which is being used as a vaccination centre, with the library set to reopen on Monday 31 January.

The reopening of these five libraries has been made possible thanks to the Scottish Government Public Library Covid Recovery Fund, administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

Council leader Susan Aitken said:

We have always understood the value of libraries to their communities which is why we have been working towards reopening all libraries as soon as we were able to do so - and that is reflected in the financial guarantee the council extended to Glasgow Life to ensure more of these venues were able to open sooner, after being closed by the pandemic.

“The city made a strong case for the additional funding that means every library now has a reopening date. While we must not forget that Maryhill and Whiteinch libraries both still need substantial capital investment for the future; I am looking forward to all of Glasgow’s libraries being able to welcome people back through their doors.”

The Scottish Government Public Library Covid Recovery Fund grant of £448,068, in addition to the £100 million funding guarantee the charity received from Glasgow City Council in March 2021, means that every Glasgow Library now has a projected reopening date.

Elder Park and Woodside Libraries are planned to reopen in 2022 following significant investment and refurbishment.

All reopening plans are contingent on staff availability and ensuring services can be delivered safely, and in-line with the Scottish Government’s guidance.

Further information on the services available at all Glasgow Libraries can be found at www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries-information