Newtongrange Library reopening 11:00am Monday 7th September

 During almost six months of restrictions there is  one thing I have missed above all others was the chance to nip over the road to the local library. I was pleased when Dalkeith reopened; late July & that the mobile service came to Newbattle on a Tuesday, but it was not the same. While helping at ‘The Pool’ the question asked most regarding the village was when is the library reopening? The library shut in March and has been closed every since until now…………….

“From Monday 7 September Newtongrange Library will be opening for all returns, hearing aid batteries support, and National Entitlement Card enquiries. Please book to use the library’s computers. The library will also open as a Reserve and Collect point, with customers able to select the library from a list of available locations”.

Prior to last months Newtongrange Community Council meeting I phoned Stephen Harris Libraries Development Officer to see if they had a date. You could sense the delight in the fellow participants in the zoom meeting. Who I feel are beginning to tire of the virtual world.

The library building standing since 1965 and the community pride and desire for keeping the library local a constant:

Today I can see wayfinding signs and hear voices once again within the building. You will enter via the front double doors and leave via the side exit. Masks should be worn and it looks like a long while off till readers can browse the shelves or groups can start again. Stephen advised me that there would only be 3 bookable PCs, due to space restrictions. You will enter via the front double doors and leave via the side exit. Masks should be worn 

I would advise anyone with further questions to contact the library direct by telephone 0131 663 1816 or

The opening hours:

Monday: 11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday: 11:00 – 16:00
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00 – 16:00
Friday: 11:00 – 16:00

Now for my next wish a return to New Victoria Park, to see the Star play. I will be keeping a keen eye on this the EOSL website on Monday 14th of September. As a warm up to the season and to reflect on the the club turning 130 years young on the Andrew Hickie plans to bring memorabilia to ‘The Pool’ this Saturday from 11am-1pm. 



Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson

I'm involved with the Newtongrange Community Council because I want to help preserve the unique heritage, character & facilities of the village.

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