Libraries, leisure centres and parks

Leisure centres

All of our leisure centres, apart from Gorebridge, are open. 


Dalkeith, Danderhall, Newtongrange and Penicuik Libraries are open. The Mobile Library will continue to offer services to the wider community also.

The library will be open for:

  • All returns
  • Computer usage by pre-booking only
  • Hearing aid batteries and dog waste bags
  • NEC and Blue Badge enquiries and forms
  • Reserve and Collect pick-ups

To make a Reserve and Collect enquiry please either book using the web form or contact the branch library by phone or email. 

Libraries - fine free

As well as all fines from first lockdown continuing to be waived, that there will now be no more fines or charges for all our Midlothian library users.

Printing, photocopying and laminating will still carry a charge, but the hire of CDs and DVDs will now be free of charge.

Online resources

We continue to offer a range of free online services including:

Services usually available in libraries

Hearing aid clinics

Hearing aid clinics are suspended.

NEC bus passes

We are now processing bus pass applications as normal.

Leisure centre memberships

If you have a leisure centre membership, all direct debit membership charges will change to £1.00 per month to 'maintain' the membership while the centres are closed.

This means that all monthly membership payments will automatically be frozen until further notice and any annual memberships will be extended, equal to the time lost.


As centres have closed halfway through the month and memberships have been frozen, this will be taken this into account and the appropriate deduction will be made from the amount that customers pay moving forward when the situation returns to normal.

The closures will stay in place until government advice states that it is appropriate to reopen facilities to the public.

Football pitches

Sport and Leisure can take football bookings.

All bookings for grass and artificial pitches will be by calling the leisure centre associated with each specific pitch, no bookings will be taken in person. 


To encourage local residents to socialise safely outdoors parks, including Vogrie Country Park will follow normal opening hours.  

Parks and play areas

Our main parks currently remain open although we have implemented social distancing measures.

Vogrie Country Park is open. The car park and toilets are open from 10am until 4pm.

All children’s outdoor equipped play areas are open. We are encouraging users to clean hands before and after use and physically distance if possible.