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Hearing Aid Batteries 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

We are now also offering a hearing aid maintenance clinic at Dalkeith Library (this is currently cancelled)

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30-11.30am

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

(re-tubing, battery replacement and advice)

Braw Blether Braw Blether

COVID update: The Braw Blether group has been running online. Every Wednesday at 11am on Zoom. Contact Juliet to join and for more details.

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: 07990136846



External Evaluation of Midlothian Libraries Bibliotherapy Service 2018

Boardmaker Boardmaker



(Currently unavailable due to Government restrictions)

It can be used for free at



Each of the 5 libraries has a Boardmaker champion who can visit once per month to provide training and support for families interested in making their own resources.

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!

You can use it any time but please book in advance to guarantee availability.

Just pop in or phone to make a reservation with your local library for the next available appointment:

Lasswade - 0131 271 4534

(Moira Jeffrey first Wednesday of the month 11-1)

Loanhead - 0131 444 9032

(Moira Jeffrey last Wednesday of the month 11-1)

Newbattle - 0131 561 6745

(Shona Tallach first Friday of the month 10-11.30)

Dalkeith - 0131 663 2083

(Annis MacIver first Monday of the month 2-4pm)

Penicuik - 01968 664 050

(Kath Nightingale last Friday of the month 10-11.30)

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 Carers Collection
Help for Carers 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
Paperback:The essential carer's guide:2013:Second edition
Author: Jordan, Mary
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781781610251, 1781610258
Paperback:The British Medical Association carer's manual.:2013
Author: Caller, Russell
Author: British Medical Association, associated with work
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781409320821, 1409320820
Paperback:Can I tell you about dementia?, a guide for family, friends and carers:2013
Author: Welton, Jude
Author: Telford, Jane
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781849052979, 1849052972
Paperback:Dementia essentials, how to guide a loved one through Alzheimer's or dementia and provide the best care:2013
Author: Hall, Jan
Year 2013
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9780091948160, 0091948169
Paperback:The selfish pig's guide to caring, how to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of caring for someone:2009
Author: Marriott, Hugh
Author: Lock, David
Year 2009
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9780749929862, 0749929863
Healthy Reading Collections 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.