East Lothian Council

Local libraries in East Lothian

Haddington Library

John Gray Centre
 Monday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
 Tuesday 9.30 am - 9.00 pm
 Wednesday  10.00 am - 5.00 pm  
 Thursday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
 Friday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
 Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
 Sunday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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Regular Events

  • Storytimes for under 5s,  Thursdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm
  • Bookbug sessions - fantastic free story, song and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families - take place every Wednesday at 10.30am and 11.15am
  • Chatterbooks - every fortnight, 3.30pm - 4.30pm for 8-12 year olds
  • Homework club for 8 to 12 year olds on Wednesdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm. The pupils are expected to do their homework, and after that there may be time for some games! This is an extremely popular group and may be full, but if you are interested, please contact the library or ask any member of staff
  • Tyne and Esk Writers group, 7.00pm, alternate Tuesday evenings 
  • Sports reminiscence sessions. Drop in and share your sporting memories. Pie and Bovril at half time. Every Tuesday from 10am - 12 noon. Particularly aimed at older (60+) men
  • Tyne and Esk Poetry Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month 2.00pm - 4.00pm in the Star Room, John Gray Centre
  • Lunchtime book group on the first Tuesday of the month, 12.15pm to 1.00pm
  • Evening book group on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • First click computer taster sessions or iPad learner sessions available on demand
  • Made in Haddington. Bring your craft along - sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, tapestry, jewellery making, card craft etc. and enjoy a chat at the same time. Beginners to experts all welcome. Learn a new skill or share your expertise. Every friday, 10.00am - 12 noon.

Coming up

Exhibition by Sheena Phillips in the Star Room, Saturday 23rd until Thursday 28th Aug. Sheena is a Scottish landscape artist who gained her diploma at Edinburgh College of Art.  The exhibition is available to view on Saturday 1-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm, Monday 11am-7pm and Thursday 1-6pm, with demonstrations on the Saturday and Thursday afternoons, 2.00pm to 3.00pm.  Sealed bids on selective paintings.

By popular demand were are holding another Summer Bookbug in St Mary’s Pleasance Garden, Sidegate, Haddington on Wednesday 27th August 10.30-10.50am and 11.15am – 11.35am. For Birth to 4 years. Everyone welcome. Just come along on the day. It’s free.

Our Homework club begins for the Autumn term on Wednesday 27th August 3.30-4.30pm. Children 8-12 years can attend. Please contact the library for further information. Free.

Wealth of Reading. Why don’t you borrow one of our special collection books celebrating the Commonwealth, write a few comments about the book and have a chance of winning a tablet! The books are either written by authors from the Commonwealth or the stories are set in one of the countries. The display will run until 30th September.

Reading Challenge Certificate Party for all our finishers is being held on Friday 29th August at 2.30pm-3.30pm. Still time to complete the challenge. Go Mythical Mad.  

Attention Teens! Every time you return a book borrowed over the summer you'll be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher! The more you borrow and read, the more chance you'll have to win! 

30 Things to do before you’re 3 (and a wee bit)

Bookbug challenges you to have fun this summer!  Pick something from the Play Talk Read list at http://playtalkread.org/ideas/184-30-things-to-do-before-you-are-3 and photograph your child taking part.  Email your photographs to musselburgh.library@eastlothian.gov.uk and each week we will pick our favourite to win a prize.  Babies and children from across East Lothian are invited to take part as long as they aren’t about to start school in August as this is a challenge for those not yet old enough to take part in Mythical Maze.


  • Diary to record community events
  • DVDs
  • Free internet access
  • Laminator
  • Music CDs
  • Online library catalogue
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Photocopier (colour/black and white)
  • Public access computers and colour printer (A4 & A3) Scanner
  • Area for small exhibitions and lockable display cabinet available for community use
  • Areas for study
  • Study guides available to borrow 
  • Wi-Fi - free access to the internet. Available 24/7 after initial registration
  • Free hearing aid batteries given out to those with NHS hearing aids - bring in the yellow audiology record book
  • Foodbank - list of suggested donations available in the library
  • Coffee Machine
  • Tourist information
  • Public toilets including disabled and changing toilet 
  • Star room with kitchen and smartboard available at variable hourly rates, depending on the status of the organisation  


Assistant-in-Charge: Claire Johnston

The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX

Telephone: 01620 820680

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.