Quarter of libraries shut despite lockdown easing




More than a quarter of ลองเล่นสล็อตฟรีxo Scotland's libraries are still closed a month after they were allowed to reopen.

And there is concern that some of the 123 public libraries across the country that remain locked will not return.

Some have not opened their doors in more than a year, and many areas are only offering reduced or remote services such as click and collect.

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) said there was concern some services may never reopen.

The organisation believes libraries will play a vital role in helping some of society's most vulnerable people recover from the pandemic.

In the Scottish Borders, a phased reopening does not start until mid-August.

In Glasgow, there have been local protests in areas with no reopening dates and service providers insist they're trying to find permanent solutions for these communities.

SLIC says local authorities have a statutory duty to provide these services and it argues libraries will help people back into work and education and out of social isolation.

At a city centre library in Edinburgh, Librarian Tessa Storr explains how you can book a slot for some services, but others are not available yet.

''You can come in and borrow books, DVDs and get bus pass applications.

''But we can't have group sessions on site yet.''

For people who use libraries to help them claim benefits, find work, with translations or education the loss of library services, in some cases since the first lockdown, has been tough.