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Books and Reading

To allow essential maintenance be carried out, West Lothian Libraries online catalogue, library accounts and click & collect service will be unavailable from 8pm on Monday 12th June until 6am on Tuesday 13th June.  We apologise for any inconvenience.


Book Groups

Book groups and clubs are gradually resuming in our libraries, please visit the individual library webpages for meeting dates and times:

Booking is essential to attend all face to face activities in libraries at the moment, please contact the library you wish to visit to reserve your place: Your Library


New Titles

We produce an advance list of  new titles [810KB] 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 [171KB]  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.