Friday, 13 July 2018

Make Mischief at your local library this summer!


Mischief Makers is the theme for this year's Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge.  Children aged 4 to 12 are encouraged to read six books during the summer holidays.

You can collect all six stickers and other prizes as you read any library books of your choice. In addition you will get a prize draw entry for the first book you read and another when you complete the challenge.

Sign up at your local library and get a free collector poster when you return your first book.
The Mischief Makers website has lots of fun games and activities, help to find new books and authors and lets children track their reading throughout the year. 

There is also a programme of activities in every library. All Library activities are free but numbers are sometimes limited. Please book your free ticket at the library holding the event. Also note that children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

You can find details of activities in libraries on our Facebook page or from you local library.

For further details please contact Young People’s Services: Tel 01620 820612 or email

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Ed Hodge at North Berwick Library

Ed Hodge boasts 17 years experience in the sports media industry in Scotland across a variety of roles and is now PR & Media Executive for the Scottish Gold Union; he is the author of Jewel in the Glen: Gleneagle, Golf and The Ryder Cup and Behind the Ryder Cup: The Players' Stories with co-author, Pete Burns. Come and listen to Ed give the inside story on what goes on at golf's major tournaments.

Saturday 14th July at 7pm

Tickets £5:00 available to buy from North Berwick and Gullane Libraries. You can also email or phone North Berwick Library on 01620 820700 to buy tickets.

Books available to buy and a Licensed bar.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


We are having a BIG BOOK SALE of withdrawn stock on Saturday 16th June, 10am - 1pm in Longniddry Community Centre.

This is a great opportunity to grab a bargain - perfect for going on your summer holidays! And if you finish the book when on your hols, then you could leave it for someone else to discover, giving you more room in the luggage bags for all the treasures bought on sightseeing trips! We will be selling fiction, non-fiction, children's books, audiobooks (tapes & CD) and DVDs!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Fringe by the Sea - Library Events

Badger the Mystical Mutt

Come and meet the star of this chart-topping illustrated children's book series! Badger the Mystical Mutt - a loveable, toast eating dog with a heart of gold, dodgy magic skills and a peculiar time-travelling machine - is a dependable friend ready to entertain and enchant you. With high fives, high paws and live magic, you can be sure that Badger will enjoy showing off and wagging his tail at the Fringe by the Sea.

Friday 3rd August. 10:30am, North Berwick Library. Tickets: £2.50, 5-9 years old. Capacity: 50. Adults (free) need to stay in the library during the event (not in the performance area) but it will be possible to see the performance.


Join some of the North Berwick Library staff for 2 special Bookbug sessions - songs, rhymes and stories for the under 5s.

Tuesday 7th August and Thursday 9th August at 10am, Spiegeltent at North Berwick Harbour. This is a free event

Heather Yule

Heather grew up surrounded by storytelling, music, theatre and literature. She has been particularly influenced by Gaelic and Travelling folk traditions. As a teenager, she began learning the clarsarch (Scottish traditional harp) and later started yo develop her own unique way of combining traditional storytelling with the music of the harp. Heather is a long established accredited member of the Scottish Storytelling Directory and has travelled all over Scotland and abroad, performing, teaching and leading workshops. Join her for some exciting and spell-binding stories of the sea and the land interwoven by the sparkling music of the harp!

Wednesday 8th August at North Berwick Library

3:30pm Family Storytelling Event
Tickets £2.50 (ages 6 to adult)
Capacity: 50

6:30pm Older Children and Adults Only
Tickets £5.00 (14 years +, includes glass of wine or soft drink)
Capacity: 40

Sue Lawrence

Food writer and novelist Sue Lawrence is writing her 19th cookbook, "A Cook's Tour of the Scottish Islands", and is very much enjoying the research having just returned from Shetland. She's also working on her 4th novel, an 18th century tale set in Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Hebrides. Sue will be in conversation talking about these latest projects, as well as her third novel "Down to the Sea", set in Newhaven, Edinburgh (which come out in February 2019), her best-selling novel based on the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster "The Last Train", and continued popularity of her cookbooks, including the most recent "Scottish Baking" which will be available to buy.

Friday 10th August, 2:30pm, North Berwick Library. Tickets: £5.00 which includes light refreshments (tea, coffee or soft drink).

Email or phone the Library 01620 820700 for more info and tickets.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Changes to Library Opening Hours

From the week beginning Monday 4th June there will be changes to some library opening hours:

Longniddry Library

Monday    2pm - 5pm
Tuesday    10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Wednesday   10am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm
Thursday    2pm - 5pm
 Friday        10am - 5pm
Saturday    10am - 1pm

Tel 01875 818160 or email

Musselburgh Library

Monday        9am -7pm
Tuesday        9am - 5pm
Wednesday   10am - 5pm
Thursday       9am - 7pm
Friday           9am - 5pm
Saturday       10am - 4pm

Tel 0131 6521530 or email

Prestonpans Library

Monday   9am - 5pm
Tuesday    9am - 5pm
Wednesday  10am - 1pm
Thursday   9am - 7pm
Friday       9am - 5pm
Saturday    10am - 1pm

Tel 01875 818150 or email

Port Seton Library

Monday    2pm - 5pm
Tuesday  10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Thursday    2pm - 6pm
Friday   10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

Tel 01875 818170 or email

Elmer Day 2018

Elmer Day 2018 is on Saturday 26th May!

Gullane Library and Musselburgh Library are celebrating everyone's favourite elephant. Take part in an Elmer Treasure Hunt (prizes to be won), Elmer Storytimes, Pin the Trunk on Elmer, and colour in some funky Elmer pictures.

Gullane Library:  10am - 12noon

Musselburgh Library:  10am - 4pm  

Monday, 14 May 2018

Film Night at Haddington Library on Tuesday 15th May

Unfortunately, licensing restrictions prevent us from announcing the film title. However, we can confirm it is one of the greatest singalong films of last year! With the star of the film ‘Logan’ playing the lead role P.T. Barnum, this film is inspired by his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions.

I’m sure you can guess which film we will be showing! 

6pm - 8pm in the Star Room. Tickets are £3.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Please contact Haddington Library to book tickets on 01620820680 or email 

Bring your own popcorn!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Your eLibrary

We recently updated our eLibrary and are pleased to announce we offer more eResources than any other Scottish Library Service! 
Please see the list below with links to each eResource.

eAudiobooks & eBooks

  • We offer you two providers of eAudiobooks & eBooksBolinda BorrowBox and RBdigital. You can borrow 10 eAudiobooks and 10 eBooks from each service, giving you the option of downloading 20 eAudiobooks and 20 eBooks at once! Perfect for quick readers. 

eMagazines & eNewspapers

  • We also have two providers of eMagazinesPressreader and RBdigitalRBdigital offers a number of popular magazines, while Pressreader provides more than 7000 titles from 100 countires in 60 languages - including most UK newspapers! 

ComicsPlus - Graphic Novels & Comics

  • With ComicsPlus you have unlimited access (no loan limits) to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. 

eFilms - IndieFlix

  • Enjoy over 7000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and web series from 85 countries, including award-winning films form major festivals all over the world including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. 


  • Ancestry Library Edition: 4 billion records available to search, including historical censuses, parish records, military records and passenger lists.

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica: Full Library Edition, Student Edition aimed at 12-18 year olds and Junior Edition aimed at 5-11 year olds. 

  • SCRAN: a charitable online learning resource base with over 360,000 images and multimedia files from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

  • Whichbook: a unique site for choosing what to read. If you're not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, Whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for. 

  • Who Else Writes Like . . . ?: a resource to help introduce book borrowers to novelists whose work is unfamiliar to them. It is designed to answer the perennial question "I've read all the book by this author, who else writes like that?". 

  • Who Next . . . ?: A guide to children's authors - an interactive online tool designed to help parents, teachers and librarians in schools and public libraries to encourage children and young people to read more widely. 


  • ArtistWorks: learn to play a musical instrument with step-by-step learning videos from some of the world's most sought-after musicians and teachers. 

  • Theory Test Pro: a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DVSA, the people who set the tests. 

  • Universal Class: online video based lessons offer over 500 courses including Yoga, Digital Photography, Computer Basics, Accounting, Basic Math and much more. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Benedict Allen - Ultimate Explorer

In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure - a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier - when he hit headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.

The Brunton, Tuesday 9th October, 7:30pm, Tickets £12 (£10)

'Part of history of television' - Mark Thompson, Former Director General, BBC

Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life

'Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan’ - Sir David Attenborough

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth. Find out if snow leopards or leopard seals are the most scary; discover how to get close to the biggest fish in the sea and whether your eyeballs freeze at minus 50.

Born in Fife, Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a Scientist, research diver and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983. 

Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, specialising in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries. In his 35 year filming career, he's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.

This new presentation traces Doug’s personal journey as he discusses how he’s seen pollution and climate change affect the natural world.

Copies of Doug’s book Freeze Frame will be on sale, as well as his colour prints of polar bears, penguins and seals

Thursday 18th October, Brunton Hall. Tickets will be available from The Brunton website soon.

Suitable for all ages 

Running Times: 2 hours (inc 20 min interval and audience Q+A.) 

Video Trailer:

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Library Catalogue Maintenance, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April

Due to technical work you may experience some difficulties logging in to your Library Account. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Content with a Purpose.

Find movies, documentaries, shorts and TV that start conversastions.
  • Enjoy over 8000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and web series from 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools
  • Watch on any internet-connected device
  • Sample movies with QuickPick
  • Directly support filmmakers - they earn money for every minute of video you watch
Full details on our website.

Easter Events

All our libraries will have colouring-ins or simple craft activities available during the Easter school holidays, 2-13th April. Check out the craft table or ask at the counter.

Other activities are listed below.

All libraries are CLOSED for the Easter weekend, 30th March to 2nd April.

Drop in crafts and Easter treasure hunt during the school holidays

East Linton
Easter competition -  bring along your painted /decorated Easter Egg.  ( Entries received from Monday 19th March to Saturday 24th March )

Follow the footsteps and take part in the Read, Write , Count Scavenger Hunt around the library  throughout the holidays as well as drop in Easter crafts

Friday 23rd March, 3pm – 4pm.  Make an Easter card, fridge magnet or Easter picture. All ages – free

Easter egg treasure hunt round the Library and John Gray Centre and drop in Easter crafts every day during the school holidays

Spring into Easter  on Wed 4th April 2.30pm, crafts for Easter & Spring for ages 5+.
Springtime Stories for Tots on Tuesday 3rd April 10.30am, stories for the under 5’s.

Spring Craft Session, Wednesday 4th April 11am  -12 noon. We will be getting creative with paint so wear some old clothes or borrow a grown-ups old shirt to wear!
For primary school aged children. Free to attend.

North Berwick
Spring crafts from 3rd - 14th April. Drop-in session with lots of activities and crafts for children
Town Treasure Hunt 3rd- 14th April. Keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about in town to spot our Easter Lennox, tell a member of staff in North Berwick Library the code word to get a special treat.

Children’s drop in crafts from 4th April to 11th April.

Port Seton
Easter crafts on Thursday 29th March, 4pm – 5pm for primary age children. Limited spaces so book at the library.

Easter crafts on Friday 6th April 2.30pm – 3.30pm for 5 to 11 year olds. Easter egg hunt in the library. All correct entries will go into a draw for a prize at the end of the school holidays.

Drop in crafts during the school holidays

Easter Crafts on Tuesday 10th April at 3.30pm. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

One Day Library Closure

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 all Customer Service staff within Branch Libraries, Library HQ, Museums and Local Area Offices will be attending a 'Planning of Service and Staff Development Day'. This means there will be no staffed reception areas within the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh, or Court Street Reception, John Muir House.
Aldhammer House in Prestonpans, the George Johnstone Centre in Tranent, the John Gray Centre in Haddington, Library & Museums HQ in Haddington and all Branch Libraries and Museums will be closed to the public with the exception of John Muir's Birthplace in Dunbar which will remain open. The Main Reception in John Muir House, Haddington will be staffed.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused - if you need assistance on the day please call 01620 827827 and ask for the appropriate service.