As libraries move to the next stage of re-opening they are increasing the number of days and times available to Select and Collect from the library.
Select and Collect

While there is no access to libraries, people are able to borrow books through a ‘select and collect’ service.

Residents can contact individual libraries via phone or email to choose their books and arrange a time to collect them.

Each library will have times when staff can take calls and arrange times for collection.

Backlogs and other challenges from the ongoing pandemic means libraries may not be able to accommodate requests for specific titles at this time.

When contacting a library, people should request:

  • How many books they would like to borrow (maximum 5)
  • Type of book (adult or junior)
  • Genre of book – non-fiction, murder mystery, family saga, science fiction etc

From Wednesday, 22 July, books can also be picked up at a number stops from the Council’s Mobile Libraries and the Housebound Service will resume.

The Council’s libraries closed on March 17, in accordance with guidance from the both the UK and Scottish Governments due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Preparations are underway to offer library access at a later point with full physical distancing and other hygiene measures in place.

Services including browsing, computer access, printing, scanning are currently unavailable.

A welcome step forward

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “While our much-loved libraries aren’t fully open yet, the introduction of the ‘select and collect’ book borrowing service is a welcome step forward.

“We want to roll out access to more of our popular library services as soon as possible, but safety will remain the top priority which is why we are restarting services in a phased approach that continues to comply with national guidance.”

All returned books are placed in quarantine for 72 hours so there will be a delay in discharging books from readers’ accounts.

Books can only be returned if readers have an appointment to pick up books. All books that have been out on loan have been renewed and will not accrue fines.

The Council’s e-book and other digital lending services are still available, having proved hugely popular in the months of lockdown.

Step-by-step approach

Vice Convener, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “The huge rise in use of our libraries’ e-services has been a welcome boost in these challenging times and I’m delighted people can now also get their hands on physical books via the ‘select and collect’ system.

“Our libraries are important community hubs but given the current situation we must proceed with a cautious step-by-step approach before we can fully open their doors to the public and restart our wide range of services.”

The Council’s Archives Service* is now providing a remote access service and enquiries can be made by post, email and phone call (Monday to Thursday, 10am-12pm and 1-4pm).

Staff will do their best to provide digital copies of records requested or transcripts and summaries of information when it is not possible to make copies.

Library opening times for 'select and collect' service

Contact libraries on the dates below to use the ‘select and collect’ service – library staff will advise when you can come and collect your books.  

Balfron – 01360 440407/
3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Bannockburn – 01786 812286/
5-7 and 12-14 August (10am-4pm)

Bridge of Allan – 01786 833680/
3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Callander – 01877 331544/
4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Cambusbarron – 01786 473873/
3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 August (10am-2pm)

Central – 017876 237760/
4, 11 August (9.30am-12.30pm)
5-7 and 12-14 August (9.30am – 12.30pm), (1.30pm-4.30pm)

Cowie – 01786 816269/
3, 6, 10 13 August (1-5pm)
4, 11 August (10am-1pm), (2pm-5pm)

Doune – 01786 841732/
3, 6, 10, 13 August (10am-2pm)
5, 12 August (9am-1pm)

Drymen – 01360 660751/
3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Dunblane – 01786 823125/
3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Fallin – 01786 812492/
3, 10 August (10am-1pm) (2-5pm)
4, 11 August (10am-12pm) (1pm-5pm)
5, 12 August (10am-2pm)

Killin – 01567 820571/
3, 7, 10, 14 August (10am-2pm)
5, 12 August (2pm-5pm)

Plean – 01786 816319/
3, 4, 10, 11 August (12pm-5pm)
6, 13 August (10am-2pm)

St Ninians – 01786 472069/
4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 August (10am-2pm)

Strathblane – 01360 770737/
3, 7, 10, 14 August (10am-2pm)
6, 13 August (2pm-5pm)

More information:

*All research charges for the Archives Service are suspended until a normal service can be provided again. Charges may be made for large numbers of copies where these are requested