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Penicuik reopened on October 8th
The Library service returned on July the 27th with Dalkeith Library the first branch to be reopened. We will open other branches as we can. Newtongrange Library reopened on the 7th of September and Penicuik Library followed on October the 8th.
We are operating with a reserve and collect service, meaning that you can order a selection of materials (via phone, email and online) to collect at an assigned time and you will also be able to return items to open branches.
Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and information will also be posted on the main council website.
Reserve and Collect
Some information for Reserve and Collect customers.
Staff begin working on your request as soon as they can. They will then collect your items before contacting you to arrange a collection time, so be aware that this is not an immediate reply.
Also, if you select specific items then this will take longer and as we cannot access closed branches, there is no guarantee that we will be able to supply all individually specified items. So, to avoid disappointment and to help speed the process, please also detail a general list of items that you would be happy to receive.
You can select Dalkeith Library Newtongrange Library, and Penicuik Library, as well as Mobile Library stops as a collection location, we will be adding other branches and locations as we can. Look for announcements here.
The Mobile Library service currently visits; Lasswade, Newbattle, Gorebridge, Roslin, Loanhead, Danderhall, Cousland and Pathhead (from September 7th). With information about days and times at these stops as well as an interactive map available on the Mobile Library page.
No Late Fines
Don't worry about late fines - there will be no additional fines from 18 March until further notice.
Please ignore any overdue emails you receive, we are working to stop these.
You will be able to return items to open branches from July the 27th (intially Dalkeith Library)
We still offer a range of free online services including:
- eMagazines and newspapers
- Online Learning - Hoonuit
Services usually available in libraries
Hearing aid clinics
Hearing aid clinics are suspended.
- More hearing aid information is on our health updates page.
NEC bus passes
Applications for new NEC bus passes, as well as renewals and reporting a lost/stolen pass can be made at an open branch (currently only Dalkeith).
Sign in with your library card number and PIN to:
- search the catalogue
- view and renew loans
- request items
You can also upgrade your account to:
- find ideas on what to read, listen or watch
- create wishlists
- write reviews
- share your recommendations by email or social media
If you are not already a library member you can complete the online form here.
Hoonuit offers a wide range of online how-to training modules on many different software applications, platforms and devices such as; Adobe Dreamweaver, Apple iMovie, Google Chrome, Microsoft Excel, programming languages C++ and lots more beside.
It comes under the ‘Education’ banner on the RB Digital App.