East Dunbartonshire has eight libraries and a home library service offering access to over 150,000 books and over 7,000 audio-visual items. Library members also have free access to a wide range of quality online information services and digital content.
If you are not able to go to the library, then it may be possible for the library to come to you.
Home library service
Who is eligible?
The service is for those who cannot visit their local library who:
- are unable to leave the house
- have a short or long term illness
- manage a vision or hearing loss
How does it work?
It’s very easy. A member of the library staff will contact you to discuss your application and to ask you about your reading preferences. If you would like to listen to music or watch DVDs, this will also be noted. Volunteers deliver library resources on a regular basis and return previously delivered items to the library. No charge is made for this service and users are exempt from fines and fees.
What can I borrow?
All library materials can be borrowed, including:
- fiction and non fiction books, in large print, hardback or paperback
- audiobooks on CD or playaway (a small device which plays a pre-recorded book)
- CDs from a wide range of music
- books and DVDs in languages other than English
How do I apply for the service?
If you know someone who would benefit from this service, or are interested in receiving this service yourself, you can:
- telephone 0141 777 3143
- print out the application form on this page and send it to the return address indicated
- ask a neighbour, friend or relative to contact the library for you
- write to your local library, but be sure to give your name, address and telephone number
We are keen to recruit volunteers for this service, please ask staff at your local library for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other library services
Libraries are safe, welcoming spaces where people can meet and relax. As well as being a great place to find all sorts of books and information there are a great many other services on offer.
Let us entertain you
We can offer a wide range of DVDs to suit all ages and tastes. For a small charge you can watch the latest movies or catch up on those shows you always wanted to watch but never managed to catch on TV
If you'd like to learn more about what's happening in your area, or you need some assistance promoting your community group or event, libraries are a great place to start. We can help you by displaying posters and leaflets on notice boards and in community information folders.
Faxing and photocopying
All our libraries offer a photocopying service and most offer faxing too. You can copy your documents yourself or for a slightly higher fee staff will be happy to copy your documents for you.
Free internet and computer access
All our libraries offer free access to computers with a range of software packages, broadband internet and both colour and black on white printing. Some of our libraries also have scanners which you can use. It is advisable to book ahead to be sure that a scanner is available. WiFi is available in the William Patrick Library, Bearsden Library, Bishopbriggs Library and Lennoxtown Library.
Local publications for sale
We offer a range of books and publications about the local area for sale which can be useful gifts.
Newspapers and magazines
Our libraries take a range of newspapers, magazine and periodicals which you can consult and read in the library. We also offer free access to some online newspaper resources and the digital magazine service, Zinio.
Community groups can promote their activities and events by mounting displays in many of our libraries, subject to availability. Please complete the application form within the documents section and send to Archives & Local Studies.