Thursday, 5 December 2019

Christmas Library Closures

All local area offices will close at 4pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019 (payment desks will close at 12 noon) and reopen on Friday 3 January 2020 at 9am.

All libraries, except from Ormiston and Wallyford, will close at 4pm on Tuesday 24th December and will resume normal opening hours on Friday 3rd January 2020.

Ormiston library will close at 5pm on Friday 20th December and reopen at 2pm on Friday 3rd January 2020.

Wallyford Library will close at 1pm on Saturday 21st December and reopen at 2pm on Thursday 9th January 2020.

Customer Services within Brunton Hall, Musselburgh and Reception at John Muir House, Haddington will be open on the following days:
Friday 27 December 2019 at 9am-4pm
Monday 30 December 2019 at 9am-5pm
Tuesday 31 December 2019 at 9am-4pm
Please note no payments will be accepted at John Muir House, Haddington during this time.
Even though the libraries are closed during the holiday period, you can still access our eResources, 24/7 from home and on the go.
We have a huge number to choose from:

We also have Lifelong learning and educational courses such as:
  • Theory Test Pro - online simulation of the UK'S driving theory tests for all vehicle categories with official questions, hazard perception videos and online Highway Code.
  • Universal Class - over 500 educational courses from Yoga to Excel.
  • The Great Courses - over 150 popular courses with hundreds of engaging and entertaining videos across a range of subjects.
  • Transparent Language Learning- online language learning with over 90 languages to choose from. There is even Kidspeak available in 6 languages for children aged 6 years +.
  • ArtistWorks - learn to play a musical instrument
For more information click on the links above or pop into a branch and speak to a member of staff.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

eResource Christmas Survival Kit

Use our FREE eResources to help you survive the Christmas period!

Sick of Christmas music? 

With Christmas music being played in the shops, on the radio and TV adverts from the start of November you might be getting a bit sick of it!  Why not access Stingray Qello instead. This gives you access to the world's largest collection of music concerts and documentaries. Find your favourite artist and search 30 different genres and music from 1920's onwards. Includes popular artists and iconic stars. Stream to your computer or mobile device.

Find out how to access Stingray Qello here.

Oh no, not the same Christmas movies again!

Every year the same Christmas films are repeated, why not watch something new via Indie Flix. There are over 7,000 shorts, features, documentaries and classic TV shows. There are also films from major film festivals such as Cannes and Tribeca.  Find out how to access IndieFlix here.

Driving home for Christmas

Keep the whole family occupied during this year's Christmas journey by downloading and listening to an eAudiobook. We have a huge range available across our two platforms, Borrowbox and RBdigital. There are popular fiction and non-fiction and a variety of genres. Borrowbox also has eAudiobooks for children and young adults. Find out how to access Borrowbox and RBdigital here.

Snowing and cold outside?

No need to leave the house to get your morning papers, simply read them via Pressreader. Pressreader gives you access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from over 90 countries. Read on a browser or download the app to your device. Content is often available before the shops! You can also get your favourite newspaper delivered straight to your device. Find out how to access Pressreader here.

Keep the conversation flowing

Don't run out of conversation during the festive period. Why not download our Digital Book Group title, The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry via Borrowbox. Read and then blether about it. This is multiple access so family members and friends can be reading it at the same time. So discuss at home, at the shops, on the bus.....

You can also let us know what you thought of the book by commenting on our pinned posts on facebook and twitter. Find out more about our Digital Blether here. To access our eBooks, please click here.

Don't worry if you run out of books

Christmas is a busy period so if you haven't managed to get to the library to borrow some books for the Christmas holidays, or you've read your current stash don't worry, we've hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download via Borrowbox and RBdgital.  These are FREE and available 24/7.  To access our eBooks and eAudiobooks, please click here.

Keep the kids reading

We have over 1,000 comics available including major brands such as Marvel and Disney. There are popular series and a range of genres to appeal to both children and adults. So keep the kids reading during the holidays, Comics count as reading too!
Find out how to access Comics here.

Our eResources are available 24/7 and can be accessed at home and on the go so even if the library is closed over the holidays you'll still be able to access reading material by downloading our eBooks and eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines and eComics.