Comhairle Continues to Provide Library Services Online through ‘Your Lockdown Library’

In spite of having to close all libraries and pull the mobiles off the road, the Comhairle has continued to provide a full and vibrant service online. A new section of the website, Your Lockdown Library, has been created to help to gather all the resources together and highlight the range of activities and opportunities available digitally through the library and free to library members.

The library welcomes new members and anyone wanting to join up can get in touch and their membership can be arranged over the phone or via email.

eBooks and eAudio Books

The great news is that we still have lots of books and talking books available, even though they are all online. The library provides access to eBooks via OverDrive – these can be read on your computer or via the Libby app on your phone or tablet. Talking books are perfect for the whole family as well, or even to listen to while cooking, exercising, ironing or doing DIY! eAudio books can be accessed through the library through BorrowBox or the app can be downloaded to tablets and phones as well. New content is being added all the time.

LEGO, Coding, Competitions, Storytimes and More

As well as weekly live storytimes and LEGO challenges for the family, the library is also launching two new exciting coding activities for children to join in with from home; Moonhack and Scratch That!

In 2020, Moonhack is coming back to earth and into your home! Moonhack is an international event bringing together kids from across the world for a week of fun coding, from the 25th to the 31st of May. There is a Moonhack project for everyone, from first-time coders to whizz-kids. All the info needed to download the step-by-step instructions, code your own planet-saving solution and share it online with us is now available on the Your Library Lockdown website (

 The library is also launching a new virtual code club, called Scratch That! Children will be invited to join in with weekly coding fun and games with the new initiative which will encourage children and young people to create and share stories, games and animations. Each Tuesday, the library will post the details of a project, and children will have until the following week to complete. The projects will then be shared online on the Scratch website.

These new initiatives, along with the library’s regular online activities are highlighted on the Your Lockdown Library website (look out for the Join in from Home section).

For further information, contact the library at 01851 822744 or