Visiting Our Libraries and Staying Safe

Interior of library

We are pleased to welcome customers back as we begin to reopen our libraries. Our libraries will have different opening days and times and look a little different as we have made changes to comply with social distancing.

Reopening Dates:

Monday 26 April: Airdrie Library, Chryston Library, Coatbridge Library, Cumbernauld Library, Motherwell Library and Wishaw Library

Tuesday 27 April: Bellshill Cultural Centre Library and Kilsyth Library

Thursday 29 April: Shotts Library

Our libraries will continue to operate reduced opening days and times, however, we’ve introduced late nights and weekends where possible. Find out more about Library Open Times.


Further reopening dates will be announced in due course.

We’ve outlined everything you need to know before your visit. Please ensure you read the information carefully. If you have a question about our service, please visit our frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch during library opening hours.


We’ve implemented a number of safety measures to our libraries to keep everyone safe:

  • You must wear a face covering while in the library, unless exempt.
  • We will limit the number of visitors within the library so you may have to queue on entry.
  • We are maintaining a two-metre social distance – please be mindful of other visitors and staff.
  • We’re providing hand sanitising facilities. Please sanitise your hands on entry and exit.
  • You must provide contact details on entry as part of the Test and Protect initiative.
  • Our toilets will remain closed at this time.
  • You will be able to return items. There will be no overdue charges for items at this time and no reminder letters will be sent.
  • Returned stock will be quarantined for 72 hours before reshelving.
  • You will be able to browse and borrow books, although we are asking that you browse mainly with your eyes and not your hands.
  • Our request system will not operate at this time.
  • You will be able to use a public access computer for 50 minutes at Airdrie Library, Coatbridge Library, Cumbernauld Library and Motherwell Library. 30 minute access is available at Bellshill Cultural Centre, Chryston Library, Kilsyth Library, Shotts Library and Wishaw Library. You should book in advance to ensure a timeslot. To book, please call the library you wish to use:
    • Airdrie Library – 01236 758070
    • Bellshill Cultural Centre Library – 01698 346770
    • Chryston Library – 01236 856281
    • Coatbridge Library – 01236 856444
    • Cumbernauld Library – 01236 632702
    • Kilsyth Library – 01236 632880
    • Motherwell Library – 01698 332626
    • Shotts Library – 01501 821556
    • Wishaw Library – 01698 524960
  • We will have printing, scanning and photocopying services and will be accepting cash payments only.
  • The following services are temporarily suspended but we hope to get them up and running again as soon as it is safe to do so:
    • We are currently not supplying newspapers
    • Room hire will not be available
    • Laundry top-up card are not available (Motherwell Library)
  • Our community activities such as book groups and Bookbug are suspended for the moment.
  • Our eBooks, eMagazine and eAudio Books remain free to borrow.