Changes to Libraries

Opening hours are changing at West Lothian Council libraries.

The changes are being introduced to ensure all 14 council libraries can remain open in the communities they serve.

The changes come into effect from Monday 30 March, and will see opening hours reduced, with some libraries closing one day per week and other libraries introducing self-service times. 

Local residents are advised to check their local libraries opening hours in advance of any visits from Monday 30 March by clicking on the page for the library they wish to visit below.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: "We would encourage West Lothian library users to make sure that they are aware of any changes at their local library in advance of Monday 30 March.

"All 14 of West Lothian's libraries will remain open to serve the communities where they are based, with changes in opening hours and introducing self-service days enabling us to find the savings we need to balance our books.

"Self-service already accounts for 67% of library transactions, so the majority of customers are already using this method to access our stock. Customers are advised to make sure they bring along their library card on self-service days.

"Customers are advised to make sure they are a library member and own a library card. If you have lost your card, a replacement card can be picked up from your local library free of charge before 30 March."

The changes are part of a range of measures aimed at bridging the council's estimated £31 million budget gap over the next three years, with £121 million of savings already delivered since 2007.

FAQ

Why are these changes taking place?

  • Reducing opening hours is preferable to closing libraries, which has already happened in other council areas. West Lothian Council is estimated £31 million budget gap over the next three years, so needs to find ways to save money.

What can I do in the library during self-service time?

  • Borrow and return books at the self-service terminal using your library card
  • Use the computers if you have your library membership number and PIN with you
  • Use the library space to relax or study

What am I not able to do in the library during self-service hours?

  • Join the library, get a replacement card or retrieve your 4 digit PIN number
  • Use the computer if you are not a library member or do not have your membership number and PIN with you
  • Print
  • Photocopy
  • Receive assistance with the computers or scanners

Will staff be in libraries during self-service days?

  • The majority of our libraries are in shared facilities, so council staff will be in the buildings at all times when they are open. However, these may not be library staff and will have other duties to attend to, so will not be able to assist with library-related enquiries on self-service days.

How do I join the library or get a replacement card?

  • To join or get a replacement card, anyone over 16 or over must bring two forms of identification to their library during staffed hours, one of which must contain both their name and address. Under 16s who have lost their card must pick up a library membership form and get this signed by a parent or guardian in order to receive a replacement card. It's free to join the library. Replacement cards usually cost £1.10 but this will be waived until Monday 30 March

How do I search, reserve or renew books while the library is not staffed or closed?

  • You can manage your current loans and request books by using the online catalogue or downloading the Bookmyne app. BookMyne

    You can also access e-books, e-talking books and magazines anytime by visiting Digital Library

How much will the changes save?

  • We estimate the changes will save £50,000 per year.