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Fife Libraries buck the national trend by reopening more branches

31 May 2021

While more than a quarter of libraries in Scotland remain closed despite an easing of restrictions in most areas, Fife is leading the way by opening more branches than almost anywhere else in the country.

Thirty out of the kingdom’s 35 libraries have opened their doors again – with another four single-staff branches planned to reopen soon – and only one region has been able to bring back more (Highland with 35 out of 40 branches).

“We’re delighted that most of our customers can now pop into their local branches and we’re able to support communities again with services that are so vital for some people, such as public-access PCs and hearing aids,” said Heather Stuart, ONFife Chief Executive.

“Fife reopened the vast majority of branches as soon as possible last year after the first lockdown and that’s something we’ve maintained, when guidance has allowed, throughout the pandemic.

“We’d love all our branches to be open again – and for our in-branch activities, such as Bookbug for young children and Moments in Time dementia-related sessions, to be back in person – and we’re working to get there as quickly as we can.”

OnFife provides the statutory library services on behalf of Fife Council and the kingdom having among the highest number in the country – only Highlands and Ayrshire (37 branches) have more branches – reflects the Council’s commitment to the service.

Convener of Fife Council’s Community and Housing Services sub committee Judy Hamilton is delighted that Fifers are able to take advantage of libraries re-opening: “It’s great to see our libraries opening their doors again. They provide such an important service to so many

people across the Kingdom and I know Fifers will welcome the opportunity to get back to their local branch and everything it has to offer.”

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For further information contact Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors: OnFife is a registered charity and manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com

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