Friday, 29 August 2014

New titles added to our e-magazine collection!

We have added some great new titles to our e-magazine collection this summer, with big names like Hello!, New Scientist and Your Family Tree available for the first time.

You may notice that a couple of old favourites don't feature on the website, unfortunately this is because they are no longer available to us in e-magazine format.  We hope that you find something fresh to enjoy just as much!

If you are new to e-magazines, please read on for a full how-to guide.

How do I sign up for e-magazines?

You will need your library card number – if you are not a member click here to find out how to join

1.  Go to our Zinio e-magazines page and click on the link to view our collection of magazines
2.  Click Create New Account and enter your library card number
3.  Enter your details and click Create Account.  This account enables you to browse our titles and select ones you would like to read.

Once you’re logged in, click on a magazine you wish to read.  You can then choose to continue browsing or read.

When you “Start Reading” or “Go to My Checked-out Magazines” you will need to create your own personal account – this is separate from the account you made above, but use the same email address as you did before.  This 2nd account is necessary for access to the software that enables you to read the magazine.

Your magazine is now in Your Reading List ready to be enjoyed!

Add as many titles as you’d like from our Zinio e-magazines collection – they will remain in Your Reading List until you choose to delete them

How do I Read and Download?

You can read most magazines online using your browser by clicking on the magazine in Your Reading List

Download the Zinio Android or Apple app using the link on the bottom of our Zinio e-magazine collection page and you can download the magazines you’ve selected to read offline by signing in with your account

On your smartphone or tablet
Download Zinio from your smartphone or tablet’s app store and sign in with your account to download and read your selected titles offline and on the go!

Return to our Zinio e-magazines collection page at any time to add more titles to your app!


National Poetry Day

To celebrate National Poetry Day a series of commemorative postcards has been issued, with works by poets including Robert Crawford, Sheena Blackhall and Helena Nelson. The theme this year is Remembrance. There are 4 to collect, and all are available for free from your local library.

Haddington Library will be hosting a lunchtime event in the John Gray Centre. All are welcome to attend. 

For more information, please contact the branch on 01620 820 680 or by email on

Homework clubs

As everyone settles back into the routine of the new school year, now is the perfect time to consider participating in one of our Homework clubs.

Catering for all children between Primary 4 and Primary 7, our homework clubs run after school for one hour a week.  Children are welcome to bring any subject with them to work on, and volunteers are on standby to offer guidance and support.  Once the work is done the pencils and jotters are put away, and the games come out!

If you think you know someone who might be interested in joining in, please contact your local branch for details.
We are also looking for volunteers to help out with future homework clubs.  If you can donate an hour a week and would like to get involved, or just to find out more, please contact Agn├Ęs Guyon, Senior Librarian (Young Peoples Services) at .

Monday, 25 August 2014

Essential maintenance to our Online Catalogue - Prism

Please be aware that on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August essential maintenance is scheduled for our online catalogue.  This means that while it will be possible to browse the catalogue, it will not be possible to log in to the "My account" feature of the website.

During this period, it will not be possible to renew or reserve items online.

To renew or reserve a book, please contact your local branch (more information, including contact details and opening hours, is available here).

Should you experience any difficulty, please email us at:

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Closure for North Berwick library

Apologies if you turned up at North Berwick library today (friday 15th August) to find it closed. We've had to do that to allow for some essential work to be carried out. The good news is the Museum upstairs was able to stay open, and if you haven't been before, it really is worth a visit. The library is closed again tomorrow but open as normal on Monday. Contact any other East Lothian library if you need to renew any items, make reservations, or just need some information.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Big Book Sale - Musselburgh!

Following the success of the recent book sale in Haddington our next big sale will take place in Musselburgh Library on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of August! Bargains galore will be available starting from as little as 50p! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up the perfect holiday read or stock up for those long winter nights ahead!!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Frequently Asked Questions about e-books

Libraries in East Lothian have introduced a new e-Books service provided by Bolinda. It includes popular fiction and classic e-books available to borrow by old and young alike.

Best of all, it is free for users with a library card. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees.

Users can browse the titles available and borrow items to be read on any compatible device such as their PC, e-reader, iPad or Smartphone. Please note that you can’t access e-books on Kindle Fires yet but our supplier is working on changing this in the near future.

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions, but for full information, please go to our e-book homepage.

How to access e-books

What do I need?
  • Your library card number
  • Access to the internet
  • A computer, tablet or smartphone
  • An account with Bolinda, the website where our e-books are held (see below).
To create an account
There are 2 ways to do this:
  • Download the App from the App Store/ iTunes (for Apple users) or Google Play (for android users). Search for Bolinda Borrowbox App
  • Go straight to the website
Your username is your library card number, and your Bolinda PIN is the last 4 digits of your library card number (note: this is different from your library PIN).

What can I borrow?
You can have a maximum of 4 items on your record at any one time. These items will be on loan to you for three weeks. The e-books will automatically be returned after the three-week period.
For further help please see the Bolinda BorrowBox help page (sign in using your library card and Bolinda PIN).

How do I return an e-book once I have finished reading it?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to 'return' an e-book once it is taken out on loan. Strict publishing agreements prevent us from reissuing a title before the expiration date on the downloaded book has passed. This is because we are unable to determine whether a 'returned' book still exists on any of your devices. Reissuing a title which still exists on a previous borrowers’ device would lead to us breaking our agreements with publishers and could result in the publisher removing their titles from our service.
Can I renew an e-book?

Yes, log in to your account via the app or website and you will be given the option to renew.

If an e-book is being used, can I reserve it?

Yes, the e-book service allows you to reserve an e-book which has already been downloaded. There is no charge to reserve e-books. Please note, a reservation will count as one of your 4 loans.

Can I download to an Amazon Kindle Reader?

No, the Amazon device is a proprietary format and as such does not allow library loaned material which adheres to an open standard, but we are hoping that the Kindle Fire will be compatible soon. It works with other e-book readers including Sony Readers, Kobo and Nook.

Are all books available in e-book format?

Only a small percentage of printed physical books are available as e-books. There are also some UK publishers who do not allow their e-book titles to be loaned. The number of e-book titles for loan is increasing all the time.

When will there be more titles?

New titles will be added on a monthly basis, please check the website or App for updates.

Story times with the Dogs Trust

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Dogs Trust and East Lothian libraries have been working together to host story times all over the county with a canine theme.  Dogs Trust have also been on hand to offer advice on all dog-related issues.

You haven't missed out, there are still events to come in August.

Just click here to find out if there is one coming to your local library!

WWI in East Lothian Libraries

This year is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. An exhibition in the John Gray Centre Museum examines East Lothian’s contribution to the campaigns of World War One, from the experience of the soldiers and local regiments who served overseas to the effort on the home front and the effects on the towns of East Lothian.

Our War: East Lothian 1914–1918 is on until 30 November and there will be related events and activities throughout the six months of the exhibition.

Check the What’s On section at for more details.

In conjunction with the JGC exhibition, some of the libraries in East Lothian are also holding exhibitions to mark the WW1 centenary.

From now until the end of August Longniddry Library have a display of WW1 memorabilia borrowed from some of their readers, including a collection of postcards sent by a serving soldier to his family, and some artefacts. There is also a range of books covering the Great War.

In Gullane Library, they have a small display of information on Gullane during WW1 available to see in the library until end of August.

Click here for opening hours and library locations.