The Transformation of Giffnock Library
The £450,000 refurbishment is being carried out to create an enhanced community space at the heart of Giffnock.
The work started in early August to turn the popular, well-used facility into a modern, bright, fresh and flexible library and community venue. The plans include:
- an exciting programme of events and activities for all ages
- improved IT facilities and learning opportunities
- a colourful children's area for reading, learning and fun
- a new programme of activities for teenagers
- a new frontage to improve access to the building
- bookable meeting rooms for community groups and organisations
- WiFi throughout
- information on the local community
Go to the related pages to learn more about the refurbishment of Giffnock Library.
Temporary Library Services
A temporary library is open Monday to Friday in the ground floor of East Renfrewshire Council offices at Eastwood Park.
The temporary library will offer a limited service for customers while Giffnock Library is redeveloped. This will be complemented by a range of auxiliary provision.
Although the temporary library has limited accommodation for adult and children's stock, the collection will be updated on a regular basis. The online catalogue may also be accessed in the library and items may be requested free of charge for collection at any East Renfrewshire Library.
At the East Renfrewshire Council offices temporary library you'll find:
- books, including large print and talking books in CD and MP3 formats
- online access to e-books
- a children's area with fiction, non-fiction and picture books
- 4 bookable PCs with high speed internet access, Office applications and printing facilities
- information about and assistance with our downloadable e-book and e-audio book service
- a reference and enquiry service, with access to quality online resources
- adjacent car parking and access for people with disabilities
Eastwood Park Theatre collection
A small collection has been established in Eastwood Park Theatre on Saturdays. Customers can borrow/return/request items. Mobile ICT devices will be loaned to customers for use on the premises to allow them to access free WiFi in the theatre. Bookbug sessions will also be delivered by library staff on Saturday mornings.
Library opening hours
|East Renfrewshire Council Offices||Monday||9.30pm - 7.00pm|
|East Renfrewshire Council Offices||Tuesday||9.30am - 5.00pm|
|East Renfrewshire Council Offices||Wednesday||9.30am - 5.00pm|
|East Renfrewshire Council Offices||Thursday||9.30am - 7.00pm|
|East Renfrewshire Council Offices||Friday||9.30am - 5.00pm|
|Eastwood Park Theatre||Saturday||9.30am - 12noon & 1.00pm - 5.00pm|
Free bus service
A free weekly bus will transport customers with between Giffnock and Clarkston Library to allow Giffnock residents access to the large collection of book resources at Clarkston Library. The bus will depart from Giffnock Library carpark at 10.30am and make the return journey approximately one hour later.
Home Lending Service
Volunteers will deliver an extended service to Giffnock customers who are adversely affected by the library closure.
Drop box facility
Customers will be able to return borrowed library items to a drop box established in the Wholefoods supermarket in Giffnock.
A new home for Bookbug Sessions in Giffnock
From Saturday 10th August all Giffnock Bookbug Sessions will be held in Eastwood Park Theatre at the earlier time of 10.15am.
East Renfrewshire Heritage Service
The East Renfrewshire Heritage Service staff will move to Mearns Library where the following resources will be held:
- local history book collection
- Pollokshaws News and East Renfrewshire Advertiser 1885 - 1936*
- Eastwood Extra 1994 - present*
- census returns for East Renfrewshire, 1841-1901*
- valuation rolls for the East Renfrewshire from 1898 (part of collection)*
- Old Parish Registers for Eastwood, Busby, Mearns, Cathcart & Eaglesham*
- Information folders
We would advise that customers contact us with their enquiries by e-mail and telephone and make an appointment to view any of the resources listed above. The bulk of our collection will be in temporary storage but can be made available by prior arrangement.
For additional information on the local and family history information available at your local library, including the Portal to the Past website, please go the Related pages and External websites sections
Over the coming months there will be lots of other opportunities to get involved in shaping the new library.
We'll be asking for you help on:
- the look and feel of the interior
- the types of services on offer
- the programme of activities and events and much much more.
If you would like to get involved contact the Libraries Community Outreach Officer.