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Hearing Aid Batteries Hearing Aid Batteries

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

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

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.

Midlothian Library service is currently running the following Braw Blether sessions:

  • Fortnightly on Tuesdays Penicuik Library 1.30 - 3.00pm
  • Fortnightly on alternate Tuesdays Loanhead Library 1.30 - 3.00pm
  • Carers group, First and Third Mondays of the month Gorebridge Library 10.30- 12.00pm

Braw Blether at Dalkeith Arts Centre is Cancelled until further notice. It may be relaunched later this year if felt to be viable, so if you would find this useful please contact Juliet (details below)


Penicuik Loanhead Gorebridge
08/10/19 29/10/19 07/10/19
05/11/19 12/11/19 04/11/19
19/11/19 26/11/19 18/11/19
03/12/19 10/12/19 02/12/19


Contact Details: Juliet Ridgway-Tait, bibliotherapist

Tel: 01312716668

Mobile: 07990136846



External Evaluation of Midlothian Libraries Bibliotherapy Service 2018

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:Keeper, a book about memory, identity, isolation, Wordsworth and cake--:2010
Author: Gillies, Andrea
Year 2010
Media class: Paperback
ISBN: 9781906021993, 1906021996
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
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.