Libraries, leisure centres and parks

Football pitches from Monday 15 March

Sport and Leisure will be able to take football bookings from 9am on Monday 15 March.

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.  

Libraries - Reserve and Collect restarting

All libraries are currently closed although the Reserve and Collect library service has restarted. Dalkeith, Newtongrange and Penicuik libraries are running the Reserve and Collect service only. The mobile library has also restarted at this time for this service only. Library buildings and facilities are still shut, but you can arrange to collect and drop off library items by using the Reserve and Collect service. Book using the web form or contact the branch library by phone or email. 

Leisure centres

All of our leisure centres are closed. 

No library late fines

Library users cannot currently take out or return library materials.

Don't worry about late fines - there will be no additional fines.

We will update you on how to return library materials when we can.

Online resources

We still 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.

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.  

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