East Lothian Council

Young people services

The library for under fives

Graphic - bookbug-and-catch-phrase

Children can join the library from birth and can then borrow:

  • board books and picture books
  • story CDs
  • nursery rhymes and fairy tales
  • picture books in lots of languages
  • toys


In East Lothian the Library Service runs the Bookbug Early Years Programme, on behalf of the Scottish Book Trust, to ensure that every child who lives here is included in this FREE national book giving programme. The Bookbug Baby and the Bookbug Toddler packs are gifted to East Lothian children by their Health Visitor. The Bookbug Explorer Bag is gifted at 3 years old from their nursery.

The Bookbug Baby Bag - for all babies aged 6-16 weeks
Bookbug Baby Bag 2017 2
The Bookbug Toddler Bag - for all toddlers 15-24 months
Bookbug Toddler Bag for Libraries 2017
The Bookbug Explorer Bag - for all children aged 3 years
Bookbug Explorer Bag 2017
The Bookbug Family P1 Bag - for all children in primary 1
The Bookbug P1 Family Bag

Our Coordinator works with your Health Visitors, Library, and Early Years Education Staff to ensure your child is given the opportunity to have easy and free access to books.

To find out more about Bookbug, visit their website.

Bookbug Translated Information

The Bookbug information leaflet is available for download in 9 different languages. Please visit the Bookbug website for more information.  

Bookbug Sessions

Come along to any of our Bookbug Sessions and join in with the songs, stories and rhymes.

Bookbug is free every week for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families, and takes place in the library. Bookbug is an opportunity to have fun, get moving and to share time and cuddles with your child, and you'll meet other families as well.

See below for your nearest Bookbug Session. Bookbug's last for about 25 - 30 minutes and you don't need to be a library member to come along:  

Library Day and Time
Dunbar Every Wednesday at 9.00am and 10.00am
East Linton Every Thursday 10.15am & the last Saturday of every month at 10.15am
Gullane Every Tuesday at 11am - 11.30am
Haddington Every Wednesday 10.30am - 11am and 11.15am - 12pm
Longniddry Every Friday 10.30am
Musselburgh Every Thursday and Saturday 10.30am.
North Berwick Every Monday at 10.30am
Ormiston Every Thursday 10.30am
Port Seton Every Friday at 10.30am
Prestonpans Every Thursday at 10.30am
Every Saturday at 10:30am
Tranent Every Friday 11.00am
Wallyford Every Tuesday at 2pm

Bookbug's Library Challenge

You're never too young to become a library member so why not get your baby or child off to a great start and sign them up for Bookbug's Library Challenge.

It's free, it's fun and for children aged between birth and four. Visit your local library to join and pick up your Bookbug Collector's Card.

Get your Bookbug Card stamped each time you borrow books and then swap four stamps for a limited edition certificate.

We have a wide collection of exciting picture books that will give your child a fantastic incentive to take part in our Bookbug's Library Challenge.


Most of our branches hold regular storytime sessions throughout the year. These are fabulous opportunities for your child to hear old favourites and to be introduced to a whole new world of stories, and to share some of their favourite stories with us. Please ask at your local library for dates and times.

Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ

Telephone: 01620 820600

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