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Books and Reading

Important information: Essential maintenance to the library online platform is scheduled to be carried out on Wed, 19 Jun 2024 at 9pm for approximately 30 minutes, the  library catalogue and member's accounts will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Book Groups

Please check the individual library webpages monthly activity programmes for meeting dates and times and booking details (if applicable):

New Titles

We produce an advance list of new titles which will be added to library stock each month, so why not have a look? You can then reserve your choices through our online catalogue (opens new window) or print and complete the New titles reservation form [551KB]  and hand it into the library at your next appointment, paper copies are also available in the libraries. A member of library staff will contact you when your reservations are ready to be collected.  

For more reading, material, check out what's available digitally:


Scottish Collection and Classics Collection

A Scottish Collection and a Classics Collection is available now at Linlithgow Library.

If you can't make it along to Linlithgow Library, you can visit the online catalogue (opens new window) to see what's available. 

Remember you can request up to 20 items at a time to be delivered to your local library - and there's no charge. 

Scottish Collection and Classics Collection [1MB]

Healthy Reading Programme

The Healthy Reading Programme has been developed to make it easier to access mental health and well-being books and web-based support. The resources have been recommended by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lothian for use with or by children and young people to help promote positive mental well-being and support those children and young people experiencing emotional distress.

The books included in the young person's Healthy Reading scheme include books to support a range of life situations/circumstances, including anxiety/stress, low mood, bereavement, bullying and eating disorders.

The collection also includes resources for parents and or staff to help tackle problems which can arise at many different stages of general childhood development, such as challenging behaviour, sleep problems and relationship difficulties with peers.

Many of the books contain self-help exercises based on a cognitive-behaviour therapy approach. Some of the books are written by those who have experienced difficulties themselves and some are written by experienced mental health professionals. 

There is also a similar collection of books to support adult wellbeing which can be requested through your nearest library.

All of the resources on the list are located in Carmondean Connected and Whitburn Library and can be requested to borrow from any West Lothian Library.

See the full Healthy Reading (opens new window) list on the online catalogue.


The library services aims to have a varied selection of stock available to our customers and add more content to increase the collection on a monthly basis.  Stock suggestions can be made by emailing (opens new window).  Please provide the details of the book you would like to suggest and why you feel it would be a worthwhile addition to stock.  All recommendations will be considered, however it may not be possible to purchase all suggested items.

cloudLibrary app

Introducing cloudLibrary a fantastic, modern way to check out books from the library via your smartphone or tablet. Download the cloudLibrary by bibliotheca app from your app store and register using your library membership number and PIN. When you visit the library and have selected the books you wish to borrow, simply scan their barcodes using your smartphone or tablet, finish the checkout process in the app, then pack your books and go! 

Current methods of checking out items, such as self-service kiosks, and handing to library staff can still be used.

Please click the following link for user guide leaflet: cloudLibrary App User Guide [616KB]

If you require any assistance with downloading or using cloudLibrary please ask a member of staff in any West Lothian library or email: (opens new window)