Branches start phased re-opening across county

Haddington Library, within the John Gray Centre, and Musselburgh Library are the first local branches to re-open following the easing of Covid restrictions. Both libraries will open at 10am on Monday 3 May with customers coming into the buildings on a strict quota system and asked to follow a one-way route around the library. 

Opening hours at Haddington and Musselburgh Libraries will be Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm and 2-4.30pm.

From Monday 10 May, Prestonpans and Dunbar Libraries will re-open with similar arrangements in place regarding the number of people in the building at any one time and the need to follow a one-way route. Opening hours Dunbar 10am–1pm and 2-4pm Monday – Friday and Prestonpans Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-1pm and 2-4pm

On the following week, from Monday 17 May North Berwick and Tranent Libraries will re-open. North Berwick open: Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm and 2-4pm; Tranent Monday – Thursday 10am – 1pm and 2-4pm.

Head of Community Services, Sharon Saunders, said: “A lot of preparation work has been required to ensure the safe re-opening of our public libraries for both staff and customers and we’re delighted that our branches are able to welcome people back. East Lothian Council has previously enjoyed support from both Midlothian and Scottish Borders Councils for use of mobile library services in some of our rural communities across the county and we hope to shortly confirm when these will be available to residents in Ormiston, Whitecraig, Macmerry, Gifford, Pencaitland, East Saltoun and Humbie.”

Published: Friday, 30th April 2021