Guidance for visiting our libraries

Limited re-opening at Haddington Library

From Monday the 10 August, Haddington Library will start to open its doors to the public. Library borrowers will be able to visit the library again to browse, borrow and use the free computers. An appointment system will be in place as we must limit the number of customers coming into the library. 

You can make an appointment:

  • by email: [email protected]
  • by telephone: ELC switch board – 01620827827 and ask for Haddington Library

A library visit will last for a maximum of 30 minutes per appointment as there can only be 10 customers at any one time in the Library.

A computer booking will last for a maximum of 1 hour per session and there will only be 3 computers available for use. This is to enable the staff time to clean down each computer between bookings. Computer bookings can’t be extended and will be limited to one booking per day per person.

There will be a returns bin available so if you wish to return any library books, please bring them along. An appointment is not necessary to return items. Return bins are also available at the Brunton Hall, John Muir House, Port Seton Community Centre and from 3 August at Musselburgh Library.

The library has been prepared with a one-way system for customers to use. Staff will be wearing PPE and we ask that anyone visiting Haddington Library to wear a mask if possible. You may also have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example:

  • you have a health condition or you are disabled and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently. Individual discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering
  • you need to eat or drink
  • you are taking medication
  • you are communicating with someone else who relies on lip reading
  • a relevant person, such as a police officer, asks you to remove your face covering

We will be operating limited opening hours.  Haddington Library at the John Gray Centre will be open as follows:

Mon – Fri             10:00am to 1:00pm and  2:00pm to 4:30pm

Sat                       10:00am to 1:00pm and  2:00pm to 3:30pm

The service remains reduced as we follow Government guidelines and some of our branches remain closed to staff as well as the public. 

We will be providing further information and dates with regard the services and opening of other East Lothian Council Libraries as they become available.