Libraries, leisure centres and parks

Leisure centres

From Monday 16 August bookable Tone Zone, lane swims and public swim sessions will stop and customers will be able to come to leisure centres without having to book in advance for those facilities. Online bookings are already available for fitness classes. Membership direct debits will resume from 1 September 2021 and annual members will have their membership extended by the amount of time lost. Memberships can be used from Monday 16 August. Some restrictions remain in place in our leisure centres so please visit your centre’s page on our website for more details before you come along. 

Please continue to check our leisure centre pages for updates.  


Dalkeith, Danderhall, Gorebridge, Loanhead, Newtongrange and Penicuik Libraries are open. The mobile library will also continue to offer services to the wider community.

Libraries within the school campuses at the Lasswade and Newbattle Centres will be open 10.30am-7pm on Thursday 12 August and 10.30am-5pm on Friday 13 August. Newbattle Library will also open for self-service returns and borrowing on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August from 9am-5pm. Newbattle and Lasswade will be closed temporarily on Monday 16 August while new arrangements to reopen outwith school hours are finalised. We'll update these pages with more details as soon as possible. 

Roslin Library remains closed for the moment although the mobile library continues to visit once a week.

Please continue to check our libraries pages for updates.

The libraries will be open for:

  • Browsing
  • 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:

Leisure centre memberships

If you have a leisure centre membership, your direct debit will resume on 1 September and annual members will have their membership extended to cover the time lost because of coronavirus. Customers can use their memberships from Monday 16 August.

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..

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.  

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