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

Monday 17 May: Abronhill Library, Condorrat Library and Viewpark Library

Monday 24 May: Chapelhall Library

Tuesday 1 June: Newmains Library

Wednesday 2 June: Cleland Library

Monday 7 June: Moodiesburn Library

Monday 13 September: Newarthill Library

Tuesday 14 September: New Stevenston 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 one-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 NHS Test and Protect guidelines.
  • Toilets manage by the library service will be open. Due to ongoing building work in Motherwell Library, the accessible toilet in the entrance hallway will be made available to the public.
  • 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.
  • You will be able to browse and borrow books, although we are asking that you browse mainly with your eyes and not your hands.
  • You will be able to use a public access computer at all reopened libraries. Bookings of up to 2 hours can be made, subject to demand and local circumstances. You should book in advance to ensure a timeslot. To book, please call the library you wish to use:
    • Abronhill Library – 01236 731503
    • Airdrie Library – 01236 758070
    • Bellshill Cultural Centre Library – 01698 346770
    • Chapelhall Library – 01236 750099
    • Chryston Library – 01236 856281
    • Cleland Library – 01698 520680
    • Coatbridge Library – 01236 856444
    • Condorrat Library – 01236 736615
    • Cumbernauld Library – 01236 632702
    • Kilsyth Library – 01236 632880
    • Moodiesburn Library – 01236 856295
    • Motherwell Library – 01698 332626
    • Newmains Library – 01698 860487
    • Shotts Library – 01501 821556
    • Viewpark Library – 01698 812801
    • Wishaw Library – 01698 524960
  • From Monday 17 May, due to the space available in Coatbridge Library, we are able to offer bookable study spaces at this location. These are available in 2-hour slots and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made by contacting Coatbridge Library directly on 01236 856444.
  • 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 eBooks, eMagazine and eAudio Books remain free to borrow.