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Our libraries

Libraries across the Scottish Borders are opening their doors once again in July as part of an accelerated reopening plan.

Four libraries across Galashiels, Hawick, Eyemouth and Peebles will reopen on a phased basis.

Galashiels Library will open on the 5 July, Hawick Library will reopen on 12 July, Eyemouth Library on 22 July and finally the Peebles Library and Tweeddale museum will reopen on 26 July.

The facilities at Galashiels, Hawick and Peebles will initially open for 10 hours a week with Eyemouth opening for a total of 7 hours. These will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as communities begin to re-engage with face-to-face library services.

Visitors will have the opportunity to browse and borrow books and access digital facilities including PCs and printers.

Visits will be limited to twenty-minute slots to allow as many users as possible to access the service, whilst the wearing of masks will be required in all the buildings.

A pre-booking system will also be in place for use of computers and the printer/photocopying facilities. Users can pre-book online, or can telephone library staff on who will make the booking on their behalf.

The ‘Get Into Summer’ programme will support activities around the reduced opening hours of the libraries, and there will be a programme of activities such as Bookbug events for early years children at alternative venues while libraries open up more fully.

The Connect & Collect service – where library books can be ordered online and collected from the mobile library – the comprehensive eLibrary catalogue and the restart of the Mobile Library service will continue to be available as alternatives to visiting a library.

The remaining libraries situated across the Borders, including Council Contact Centres and integrated Library Contact Centres, are scheduled to reopen in August in line with the Council’s original recovery plan.

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