You may be aware that the First Minister has announced that, as part of the easing of lockdown in Scotland, libraries, museums and art galleries can open from 15th July onwards. This is, however, guidance only and every local authority area must take into consideration the uniqueness of their buildings, services and communities to ensure staff and customers can be safe and feel confident about returning to work and accessing our services.
The health and safety of our customers and staff is of primary importance and we will only begin to reinstate services when it is safe to do so. Throughout the lockdown period, staff have been engaging with national bodies and participating in webinars with colleagues across the UK, in order to share information for the planning of a re-introduction of services. Importantly, our recovery planning is based on the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland advice and guidance. The guidance for libraries was issued on 14th July, and staff are now in the detailed planning stages for libraries in East Dunbartonshire, to ensure we can offer a safe and meaningful service.
In line with other library services across Scotland, libraries will not be able to open with a full range of services for some time and a restricted borrowing service, known as "Connect and Collect" is currently being planned for in the coming weeks. Connect and Collect will allow library members to select books in advance and collect them from a controlled customer collection point, where strict safety measures will be in place.
Plans for the safe re-opening of the Lillie Art Gallery, Auld Kirk Museum and the Heritage Centre in Kirkintilloch Town Hall are also well underway for re-opening later in the Summer.
Updates for Libraries and Arts & Heritage services will be provided on this website and via social media.
Please share your thoughts on proposals for recovery by completing this survey: https://www.edlc.co.uk/webform/edlc-cultural-services-recovery-survey