Re-opening…. Again!


We are glad to be able to announce we will be reopening again on Monday 12th April at 930am.

Social distancing will still be in place, masks must be worn and track and trace will apply.

We are also trialling longer opening hours so please come along and support the library.  If the new Wednesday hours are popular we will look to continue them

Unfortunately our social activities will still not be re-starting yet, but keep watching this space… we are exploring ways we can restart some of these activities again soon, safely and in line with government guidelines.

Library Photo Wall

Have you got an old photo of Whitburn

Can we borrow it to put on the library wall to showcase our village?

We can copy it if you don’t want us to borrow it

You can give it to a member of staff or email it to us at

We are reopening… Again!

Following the second closure of Whitburn library in as many years we are looking forward to re-opening the library for a second time.  There will be less of a ‘grand re-opening’ this time to enable a responsible re-opening due to the current pandemic situation.


There will be changes as a result of Covid-19 to ensure the safety of our library users and the library volunteers and to ensure we are complying with the government guidelines.  The following changes will be made to keep everyone safe:

  • A one way system around the library
  • Limited number of users in the library at any one time
  • Face coverings should be worn while within the library
  • Screens will be in place to protect library volunteers
  • Details will be taken to comply with the ‘track and trace’ system
  • Books will be held for 72 hours after return to ensure they are virus free prior to being available for re-issue

Our social groups and computers will remain closed for the time being, but we are working on getting things back to as normal as possible as soon as is practically possible.

If you wish to borrow or return books we are here to help, but please bear with us during these unprecedented times and be patient!

Summer Reading Challenge

Although normality seems like a long way off, we are trying our best to keep little minds active over the summer and helping encourage them to enjoy the benefits of reading.

This year it is mainly online, however Whitburn Library is there to support your reading and provide the reading material necessary to complete the challenge.  We hope to open again soon, however in the meantime, we have lucky dip parcels of children’s books marked with rough age group and are offering a ‘select and collect’ or home delivery service from the library, just contact us on 0191 529 3098 or at for more information.  These services are available to all registered library users.  We have procedures in place to ensure that books and packages are virus free and if in doubts, please leave the package for 72 hours before opening.

The WEA are offering free online courses.  There is something for everyone this summer – if you cant get out to learn something new, stay in and do it from the comfort of your own home


Click the below link for more information