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Simpson Library (Bathgate)

The Simpson Library is located in Bathgate Partnership Centre, home to many council services, community centre and cafe.

The Simpson Library offers a wide range of services to people of all ages:

  • Books for children, young people and adults
  • Talking books
  • Large Print books
  • Book Group
  • Storytimes
  • Bookbug sessions
  • 11 pcs proving free computer access
  • Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

Opening Hours

The library will be closed on: 
Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 December 2017
Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 January 2018

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 8.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Public access PCs shut down at 7.30pm Monday-Friday and 4.30pm on Saturdays.


Free WiFi

Free WiFi is now available in the library. Simply register for a MyGovScot account and use this to sign in to the WiFi.


Useful Information

  • Three disabled parking bays in centre car park
  • Local bus stop directly outside centre
  • Disabled push button access for main door to centre
  • JAWS software
  • Quick reads and High Low books available

What's On

  • Bathgate Library Book Group

If you enjoy reading, why not join our reading group? The group is informal and very relaxed and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6.00pm.  Please note that the group will take a break in December and resume in January.

  • Bookbug Sessions

Stories, songs & rhymes for babies, toddlers & pre-school children.  Bring a grown-up with you to share in the fun.

Next sessions: 

Friday 1 December at 10.30am. This will be a special Scottish themed Bookbug session to celebrate Book Week Scotland.

Tuesday 19 December at 10.00am.

  • IT Buddy

We currently have an I.T. Buddy available on Tuesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon.  If you would like an appointment, telephone 01506 282910, email bathgate.lib@westlothian.gov.uk or speak to a member of staff for more information.


Work Club

There is a Work Club held every Friday morning, 9.30am to 11.30am, where advisers from Access2Employment and Community Learning and Development offer professional help with CVs, job application forms etc. Information on the latest job vacancies is also available.


Access2Employment

The Hub offers employability assistance on a 1 to 1 appointment basis with advisers from Access2Employment. There are three pcs which IT literate customers can use on a drop-in basis to carry out job searches, research training etc.To make an appointment, please phone: 0800 032 9768, email: access2employment@westlothian.gov.uk or call into Bathgate Partnership Centre.