Book to Visit the Library!
Galashiels Library opens on the 30 September. Please use the links below to book your visit in advance. If you need to return books you don’t need to make an appointment, simply speak to staff on the door and you can pop them in our returns box.
Open times from Wednesday 30 September
Monday: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Friday: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Browse & Select
To browse and select your own books please click here. There are 4 booking slots available every 20 minutes. If you are visiting as a family you will need to book a slot for each person in the group. If there are more than 4 please book the additional numbers into the next booking slot.
Personalised Book Selection
To book a personalised book selection, and receive individual support and recommendations from our library staff click here. As this is a personalised service there is one slot available at each time.
E- Library Help & Set Up
To book E-Library help and support please click here. As this is a personalised service there is one slot available at each time. Please remember to bring your device with you.
Public Access Computer Sessions
To book access to a computer please click here. There are 4 booking slots available every hour.
Do I need to book an appointment to come to the Library?
Yes you do need to book in advance so we can ensure the building doesn’t get too busy, and you can fully enjoy your time in the space. Bookings can be made from our website here or by calling 01750 726400 between 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.
Do I have to visit the library alone?
No you can book multiple spaces and visit as a family, it’s a lovely space to meet together, or come together to choose some books.
Can children visit the library?
Yes please do bring the kids along, we have missed their little faces! Just remember to include them when boking your slots.
Will visiting the Library be different on reopening?
The library will be a little different as we ensure appropriate hygiene precautions and procedures are in place, but we hope some changes will be for the better! A friendly member of staff will greet you at the entrance and explain what to do, and staff will direct you depending on the type of booking you have. Staff are always happy to answer any questions and have a chat, and we are very keen to hear any feedback you may have about your visit.
Will there be a different way to access the building?
Access to the Library will be from a side door at the end of the ramp. Exit will be through the front door. For anyone who cannot exit the front door staff will assist to ensure their exit is a safe one from the rear door.
Do I need to wear a face covering in the Library?
Yes, as per Scottish Government guidance, face coverings must be worn in libraries unless you have an exemption. Remember to smile with your eyes, we’ve been practicing!
Will Computers be available?
The library computers are available to customers, please remember to book a slot. Sessions are 45 minutes long, and there will be a smaller number of computers available to allow for social distancing and cleaning. Don’t forget you can also bring your own devices and access the WIFI.
How many items can I borrow?
You can borrow up to 10 items from the Library, we would love to see you leave with a handful!
Through our online E Library you can also borrow 2 e-books and 2 e-audiobooks. You can access magazines though RB digital.
Can I print or photocopy?
The printing and photocopy service will be available. To use the photocopier please book a browse and select slot so we have allocated space for you in the building. Please be aware that we cannot accept cash at the moment, all payments must be made by card.
Can I return items to the library?
Books can be returned to the drop in box at the Library entrance and you do not have to book in advance to return books, although we would like to see you choose some more!
Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours and will continue to appear on your account for up to 4 days until processed. No charges will be placed on your account for these items, and remember all late fees have been scrapped!
Can I use the Connect and Collect service at the Library?
Galashiels Library will become the new Connect and Collect point for the town. Items can be collected during opening hours and reservations will be available to pick up in the entrance corridor. You do not have to book to collect your Connect & Collect items. The Connect and Collect mobile service will no longer be available at Live Borders HQ once Galashiels Library reopens, and we hope this more central location will make it easier for you to access the service!
Can I speak to someone before my visit?
Please do drop us a call on 01750 726400 between 11:00-15:00 Monday to Friday, we would love to chat and help you with any queries you may have or if you have any additional needs that we can help with to support you with your visit. We have tried to think of everything but we are all learning how to operate in a changing situation so please help us get this right.
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