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Libraries Welcome Back


We are delighted to announce that from Monday 17th May we are able to allow browsing again in our libraries on a restricted basis. Browsing will be available for 15 minute visits per customer. Please continue to adhere to current guidance on hand sanitising, social distancing and face coverings and follow all guidance from our staff.

Opening hours at some of our libraries will also be increasing. Central, Gourock and Kilmacolm Libraries will now be open on Saturday mornings from 10am – 1pm. Central Library will also have extended opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of 10am – 1pm then 1.30pm – 4pm.

We look forward to taking another step forward with the safety of our customers and staff our priority. Please tell your friends and family!



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Port Glasgow Library Temporary Closure


Please note that due to internal building works on the ground floor of the building, Port Glasgow Library will close from Thursday 24th December 2020 for a period of approximately 16 weeks.A temporary Pop-Up service will operate from 7½ John Wood Street, Port Glasgow from Tue 6th April 2021.  This will be open each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm.It will be staffed by Inverclyde Libraries’ staff, and customers will be able to return items, pick up Connect & Collect deliveries.

Inverkip & Wemyss Bay library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm for `Connect and Collect` – books ordered online or over the phone for collection in-person.

Kilmacolm Library is open on Mon & Fri 10am-2pm; 
Wed & Sat 10am-1pm for 'Connect and Collect' - books ordered online or over the phone for collection in-person.

From Tuesday 10th November South West library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm for `Connect and Collect` – books ordered online or over the phone for collection in-person.

You can continue to explore the wealth of e-resources we have available for research, learning, entertainment through Borrowbox, our library webpages and social media channels.

Please note that all fines accrued from Tuesday 17th March 2020 have been removed and no further fines will accrue on overdue items. All items currently on loan will automatically have the return date extended until libraries re-open.

Inverclyde Libraries’ eBooks and eAudio books from Borrowbox can be accessed at the Library Online link on this page


Keeping everyone safe

Perspex screens have been installed for the safety of our visitors and staff and we have hand sanitiser stations in each building. Please wear masks if possible and keep to the two-metre social-distancing guidelines whilst using our facilties.

Safety videos are available on the Inverclyde Libraries social media channels to demonstrate the changes and new safety measures before people visit.


Test and Protect

For the health and safety of our visitors and staff in Inverclyde libraries and Watt institution, we are recording the name and contact details of everyone who enters.

This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland and statutory partners to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread.

An example information poster and our relevant privacy notice regarding Test and Protect can be found in related documents linked on this page.

Further local updates and health advice can be accessed at

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