Ten Glasgow Libraries to reopen for PC access only

Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers culture and sport in the city, has announced that 10 libraries have reopened to allow customers to access computers and the internet.

Ten Glasgow Libraries to reopen for PC access only

Article Source: Glasgow Life
First Published: 23 March 2021 12:12
Updated: 23 March 2021 12:12

Revised Scottish Government guidance allows public libraries to open to provide free computer access only, in areas within level four of the Scottish Government’s strategic framework for managing Covid-19. Following the latest Scottish Government update, a further announcement on the re-opening of Glasgow Life venues will be made soon.

Gorbals, Ibrox and Pollokshaws libraries in the south, Bridgeton, Library at the Bridge (Easterhouse), Royston and Shettleston libraries in the north east, and Drumchapel, Partick and Possilpark libraries in the north west of the city are all set to re-open to provide free computer access.

A free, pre-booked appointment is required to use the library computers. Customers wishing to book PC access can do so either by calling or visiting one of the 10 libraries during opening hours. All PC sessions are limited to 60 minutes, to cope with expected demand.

Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, said: “While computers and internet access are an essential part of daily life, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that lack of access and understanding of technology continues to create huge divides across our city.

“Throughout the pandemic, Glasgow Life has been supporting people to access technology in their own homes, providing free-phone support on a range of digital applications from Zoom calls to email, as well as offering help and advice to Universal Credit claimants.

“However, we know that not everyone in the city has access to computers and the internet at home, and that’s why we are opening up 10 of our city’s libraries to enable the people of Glasgow to access vital online services safely.”


Prior to lockdown, many people across Glasgow relied on the free computer and internet access at the city’s libraries. In 2017, the Scottish Government estimated that over a third of households in lower income brackets in Scotland had no internet access at home. Across Scotland, research conducted by Inspiring Scotland concluded that around 800,000 people are estimated to face digital inequality across the country.

Using their position at the heart of the community, Glasgow Libraries are creating opportunities for residents to book an appointment to use the free library computers in 10 libraries city-wide for essential tasks, be that keeping in touch with family and friends, shopping online or making and maintaining Universal Credit claims.

All 10 libraries will be open from 2pm – 7pm on Tuesdays, 11am - 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am – 7pm on Thursdays and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays. They will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

In all libraries, one way systems have been introduced, alongside hand-sanitising stations, screens, signage, and a PC booking system; all of which are there to help protect both visitors and staff. In every venue, capacity will be, by necessity, much lower than usual.

Printing, scanning and photocopying will be available to those with a pre-booked computer session.

Access technology will be available on request in all libraries, except Library at the Bridge, with Zoomtext readers that enlarge, enhance and read-aloud content on a computer screen, and Hi-Vis keyboards provided for customers to use with library computers free of charge. Free to use JAWS technology is also installed in Drumchapel, Gorbals and Bridgeton libraries.

The 10 libraries will be open for free computer access only. Customers will be unable to borrow books, or retrieve reserved items. All overdue library fines will be waived until 1 October 2021.

Further information on the services available in Glasgow Libraries, and information on other Glasgow Life venues and facilities, can be found at www.glasgowlife.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information.

Latest Glasgow News

Invisible Cities: 500 miles, 5 cities, celebrating 5 years of helping those affected by homelessness

Invisible Cities: 500 miles, 5 cities, celebrating 5 years of helping those affected by homelessness

To celebrate 5 years of Invisible Cities, the team are inviting all supporters, partners and customers to take part in a virtual mile-covering challenge, whilst raising vital funds!

First Published: 20th April 2021
The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August has been cancelled

The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August has been cancelled

The event, which would normally attract around 200 bands from around the world to compete, is expected to return to Glasgow in 2022.

First Published: 19th April 2021
Limited season passes available for theme park!

Limited season passes available for theme park!

With restrictions starting to ease and more activities reopening, now is the perfect time to purchase a Season Pass for M&D’s Scotland's Theme Park!

First Published: 19th April 2021
Enjoy a holiday steeped in history at Rowallan Castle

Enjoy a holiday steeped in history at Rowallan Castle

For anyone looking for a holiday steeped in history then look no further than Old Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire.

First Published: 17th April 2021
Royal Scottish National Orchestra launch new Digital Season with award winning violinist Nicola Benedetti

Royal Scottish National Orchestra launch new Digital Season with award winning violinist Nicola Benedetti

Award-winning, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Music Director Thomas Søndergård for an online concert as part of their new digital season.

First Published: 16th April 2021
Glasgow GAA club Tir Conaill Harps announce pitch redevelopment plans

Glasgow GAA club Tir Conaill Harps announce pitch redevelopment plans

Glasgow GAA club Tir Conaill Harps have announced the launch of their official plans to redevelop their pitch at Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club.

First Published: 16th April 2021
Tickets now on sale for some of the top visitor attractions in Scotland

Tickets now on sale for some of the top visitor attractions in Scotland

Scotland’s most famous historic heritage sites, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle, are getting set to lower their drawbridges!

First Published: 14th April 2021
The Big Lunch is back!

The Big Lunch is back!

The Big Lunch returns from 5th June, encouraging communities to come together to support each other after a challenging year.

First Published: 14th April 2021
Scottish Ballet announces two new dance films, created in collaboration with people living with neurological conditions

Scottish Ballet announces two new dance films, created in collaboration with people living with neurological conditions

Scottish Ballet has unveiled two new dance films created in collaboration with people living with Parkinson's, MS and dementia, as part of their creative engagement project Haud Close.

First Published: 13th April 2021
Scottish hospitality businesses get ready to reopen!

Scottish hospitality businesses get ready to reopen!

As hospitality businesses across the country get ready to reopen from April 26th, we share the plans of some of Scotland's finest dining establishments!

First Published: 13th April 2021
Families encouraged to step in the right direction this spring

Families encouraged to step in the right direction this spring

Scottish walking charity, Paths For All, shares ten ways to add fun activities to the familiar family stroll!

First Published: 13th April 2021
Dobbies launch new award to find best young gardeners in UK

Dobbies launch new award to find best young gardeners in UK

Dobbies has announced the launch of its first-ever ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards, to find the UK’s best and most dedicated gardeners, including children and young people.

First Published: 12th April 2021
Annual book festival is going online this May

Annual book festival is going online this May

The Aye Write book festival will this year deliver a diverse, digital programme of events over two weekends, 14th to 16th May and 21st to 23rd May.

First Published: 13th April 2021
Scottish Opera reveals a programme of filmed and outdoor performances

Scottish Opera reveals a programme of filmed and outdoor performances

Scottish Opera have announced two new films, premiering this spring, along with plans for over 200 outdoor performances this summer!

First Published: 12th April 2021
Fore Play Crazy Golf tees off with new cocktail gardens

Fore Play Crazy Golf tees off with new cocktail gardens

Scotland's favourite adult-only alternative night out, Fore Play Crazy Golf has today announced the relaunch of both their Glasgow and Edinburgh venues!

First Published: 12th April 2021
Glasgow Life announce reopening dates for some of the most iconic venues in Glasgow

Glasgow Life announce reopening dates for some of the most iconic venues in Glasgow

In line with the Scottish Government's timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions Glasgow Life has outlined the dates they expect to reopen more than 90 of the city's much-loved public buildings.

First Published: 9th April 2021
Design contract to be awarded for George Square and surrounding Avenues project

Design contract to be awarded for George Square and surrounding Avenues project

Glasgow City Council has recommended that the design contract for the George Square Area Project will be awarded to John McAslan and Partners.

First Published: 9th April 2021
Aldi and Williams Bros call on Scots beer lovers to help name new brew

Aldi and Williams Bros call on Scots beer lovers to help name new brew

Aldi has teamed up with long-term supplier Williams Bros to give customers the chance to name a brand-new beer which will be sold in stores across the country!

First Published: 8th April 2021
Glasgow Science Centre transforms outdoor space

Glasgow Science Centre transforms outdoor space

Glasgow Science Centre's outdoor space at Pacific Quay is getting a major makeover and work has started on site!

First Published: 7th April 2021
10,000 apply to volunteer at COP26

10,000 apply to volunteer at COP26

More than 10,000 people have applied to volunteer for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26!

First Published: 6th April 2021
Park visitors warned that alcohol not welcome in Kelvingrove

Park visitors warned that alcohol not welcome in Kelvingrove

Council officers and police will be staffing gates at Kelvingrove Park on select days this summer to help address on-going concerns of anti-social behaviour within the park.

First Published: 6th April 2021
Booker Prize winner joins call for Your Stories

Booker Prize winner joins call for Your Stories

Booker Prize winner and Glasgow born author Douglas Stuart has joined forces with national charity Scottish Book Trust to encourage people of Scotland to submit their real-life stories.

First Published: 6th April 2021
Dobbies reopens stores across Scotland

Dobbies reopens stores across Scotland

Following updated guidance from the Scottish Government that garden centres may open, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, has today reopened stores across Scotland.

First Published: 5th April 2021
The search is on to find the best gardeners in Glasgow

The search is on to find the best gardeners in Glasgow

With the reopening of garden centres, the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow are encouraging the public to take up gardening and have launched 'Let Glasgow Flourish' Gardening Awards 2021!

First Published: 5th April 2021
All aboard for special Skerryvore livestream from exclusive floating hotel Fingal

All aboard for special Skerryvore livestream from exclusive floating hotel Fingal

Multi-award-winning band Skerryvore have announced a special livestream show to be broadcast from Edinburgh’s exclusive floating hotel, Fingal on Saturday 24th April!

First Published: 1st April 2021
Glasgow Open House Arts Festival returns

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival returns

DIY non-profit arts festival 'Glasgow Open House Arts Festival' (GOHAF) has returned after a 4-year break in programming!

First Published: 1st April 2021
Glasgow National Trust properties readying to open

Glasgow National Trust properties readying to open

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has confirmed that most of its countryside, estates and gardens across Glasgow will be open for local visitors from 2nd April.

First Published: 31st March 2021
Historic Environment Scotland sets out plans to reopen its properties

Historic Environment Scotland sets out plans to reopen its properties

Scotland’s historic sites get ready to lower their drawbridges once more following the Scottish Government's route map to lift restrictions across mainland Scotland.

First Published: 29th March 2021
National Trust for Scotland gardens and grounds get ready for visitors again

National Trust for Scotland gardens and grounds get ready for visitors again

The National Trust for Scotland is preparing to welcome visitors again at dozens of gardens and estates across the country this Spring!

First Published: 23rd June 2020
Scottish Ballet announce two new dance films to celebrate International Dance Day 2021

Scottish Ballet announce two new dance films to celebrate International Dance Day 2021

Scottish Ballet is excited to announce the world premiere of two new dance films by company creatives Sophie Laplane and Nicholas Shoesmith.

First Published: 28th March 2021

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Festival Village: Merchant City
The Pop-Up Pro's are bringing their popular food market and beer garden, Festival Village, to Glasgow's Candleriggs Square!
Gemma Collins
The one and only Gemma Collins is inviting you to The GC's Big Night Out live at the O2 Academy Glasgow on the 21st October!
Worth The Weight Vintage - Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale
Worth the Weight is returning to Platform with a huge Vintage Kilo Sale on Saturday 15th May!
The Hella Mega Tour: Green Day + Fall Out Boy + Weezer
Rock heavyweights Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are bringing their Hella Mega Tour to Bellahouston Park on 28th June 2021!
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park for a seventh year in July and August 2022!

Popular Venues

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The SSE Hydro