Hearing Aid Batteries

COVID update: hearing battery replacements can be orderd through our Reserve & Collect service.

Replacement hearing aid batteries for NHS Lothian patients can be collected at any Midlothian Library.

Simply call into any branch with your yellow battery book and staff will provide you with two packets of new batteries for each hearing aid.

This is a joint initiative between Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian.

If you have any questions about the service or need a new battery book please contact the NHS Lothian Audiology Department:

  • Audiology Department: 0131 536 1637


Braw Blether

Braw Blether groups get together to read and tell stories; using poems, song lyrics, fiction, and news articles, to spark conversation.


You don't have to be a great reader to come along, and you don't need to bring anything with you.  Here’s what some of the group members have to say:

”it's fun, and there's no obligation”

 “it benefits my happiness, improves my mood, it's what I look forward to through the week”

“it made it easier to get back into reading...I can concentrate”

The service is available to all adults and is free.

If you are thinking about attending one of the groups, or you would like to enquire on behalf of someone you know, you can contact your local library for more details.

Contact Details: Juliet Ridgway-Tait, bibliotherapist

Tel: 01312716668

Mobile: 07771345294



External Evaluation of Midlothian Libraries Bibliotherapy Service 2018




It can be used for free at



Boardmaker is a helpful visual symbol-based computer software resource for people who need additional support with any communication, attention or memory challenges, it can be used to create:

•symbolised leaflets/posters

•visual timetables/schedules

•social stories and more!


For further details contact Dalkeith (01316632083) , Gorebridge (01875820630), Loanhead (01314449032)
or Penicuik (1968664050) libraries

Use of Boardmaker is free - you only pay for printing and laminating.


Funding for the software was kindly provided by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation (

Carers Collection

Help for Carers

The Midlothian Libraries Carers Collection is a selection of suggested books which provide help and advice for all those caring for someone with a disability or long-term illness.

This collection is just a sample, you will find many more relevant books in the libraries and we are also always keen to take suggestions of titles which could be added to this list.

All titles in the collection can be browsed and requested from the adjacent list .


Carers Collection titles


Healthy Reading Collections

The Healthy Reading Collections are aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of both adults and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems. They provide a self-help alternative to prescription drugs.

People can access recommended resources including books, audio books and DVDs through all libraries and Health in Mind's Orchard Centre in Midlothian.