Libraries and community museums set to re-open in West Lothian

West Lothian Council libraries and community museums will re-open by appointment to the public from Monday (May 17).

Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:48 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:49 am
Picture Michael Gillen. West Lothian council leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick

All 14 local libraries and the Local History reference library will accept appointments for browsing from Monday. A library appointment will allow you to visit community museums housed in libraries or in the same buildings as libraries.

PC access, photocopying, printing and hearing aid services will also resume by appointment at all libraries on this date.

Appointments will be limited based on the capacity at each library, to ensure the safety of staff and customers, with appropriate enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures in place for each location.

To book an appointment, call or email your local library direct, with exception of Blackridge and Pumpherston libraries.

Check the individual webpages for contact details.

Contact details for each are available at

PC access can be booked online at

All 14 libraries will continue to operate click and collect services.

Those attending appointments will be asked to come alone where possible, and advise if anyone, including children, are accompanying them.

All customers will be asked to wear a face covering unless exempt, follow the signage in the libraries to use the one-way systems in place, hand sanitise, socially distance and use the test and protect procedure.

West Lothian Council leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick hopes people will return to our local libraries, insisting the relevant safety measures will be in place to guard against any possible spread of the coronavirus.

He said: “Our helpful library staff can’t wait to open the door to customers and will be on hand for assistance, if required.

"All necessary measures are in place and physical distancing will be maintained.”

He added: “This is another step forward as local services re-emerge.

"We know how important libraries and community museums are to local people and I’m sure thus news will be warmly welcomed.”