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Books, Graphic Novels, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, Wii Games & lots more. Help with homework, hobbies and projects, free internet access and online databases.

Remember you can also borrow books, DVDs and music from the adult sections of the library too from the age of 12.



CILIP Carnegie Medal Award 

The article below has been researched and written for you by one of our Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers. Once the shortlist is announced look out for reviews and other information on the Carnegie Medal Award 2015.

Every year since 1936 the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medal has been awarded "to the writer of an outstanding book for children." The award was founded in remembrance of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish born philanthropist who made a large income from the American steel industry. Carnegie used his fortune to establish more than 2800 libraries throughout the English speaking world. When Carnegie died, in 1919, more than half of the library authorities in the United Kingdom had Carnegie libraries.

To be considered for this prestigious award the book must comply with certain regulations. It is essential that the book is written in English by a single author originally for children and young people. The book must be published first in the United Kingdom or had a co-publication in a different country within three months. To be considered for this award the book has to be published within a certain time frame and a minimum of 75% of the content must be original. Additionally, the book must be nominated by at least one CILIP member to be considered for the award.

The book is assessed using certain criteria. It must be of an exceptional quality, but in particular the plot, characterisation and style of the book are taken into consideration while judging for this award.

The Carnegie Medal is viewed by authors as the "one they want to win". The most recent winner of this award, in 2014, was "The Bunker Diary" by Kevin Brooks. Other recipients of the Carnegie Medal include Sally Gardner, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Philippa Pearce, C.S. Lewis and Arthur Ransome.


On 10th February 2015 the longlist of twenty books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal was announced. This is only the second time a longlist has been published for this award. The books in contention for this award are aimed at an audience of 8 – 18 and address a wide variety of issues such as relationships and death. The novels belong to many genres, such as historical, fantasy, mystery and comedy. Both novels of highly acclaimed authors who have previously won the Carnegie Medal, such as Patrick Ness, Geraldine McCaughrean, Sally Gardner, Berlie Doherty and Meg Rosoff, and authors with their debut titles, such as Non Pratt, Clare Furniss and Kim Slater, have been listed on the longlist. The books are judged by a panel of twelve librarians who are members of the Youth Libraries Group, one of CILIP's special interest groups, and the shortlist will be announced on 17th March 2015 and the winners announced on 22nd June 2015.


Read and Remember

  Read and Remember logo

This spring, we're joining with libraries across Scotland to encourage you to remember those involved in World War One by reading books and resources relating to the conflict From Saturday 7 Feb until the end of April, we'll be featuring reviews of WW1 related books on our webpages, as well as stories of your family members' involvement in the war. More details can be found on the Read and Remember page. If you would like to take part, visit your local library for a card and add your comments. Alternatively, email your review or family story to and we'll share it on this website.

All libraries have resources however there is a larger display of books suitable for readers aged 12+ in the Adult Lending Department of the Central Library.

National 5 Exams

As exam season is nearly here check out our new additions to stock to help you revise for your National 5 exams. The Hodder Gibson Model Practice Papers include 3 practice papers as well as the official SQA Specimen Paper and the 2014 Past Paper (all with answers). They are available for the following subjects;

  • Biology
  • Graphic Communication
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • History
  • Modern Studies
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Food Technology
  • Computing science
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • German
  • Drama
  • Business Management

  Check availability on the Online Catalogue 

Digital Zone

Visit our Digital Zone for a range of online resources. You will find: 

  • Homework help through various databases such as Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  • Reading suggestions on Who Next?
  • Writing Tips from Authors on Wood of Words
  • Language learning courses on Tell me More
  • Free E-books and Talking Books to download on Overdrive


Know what you want to read?


Teen Graphic Novels Once you have joined the library you can get a PIN (Personal Identification Number) so you can reserve or renew books and other items online.
Go to the Library Catalogue and find the item you want to reserve, then click on Reserve and follow the prompts. When the item arrives at the library, you will be notified by telephone or email.

Suggestions for Stock 

If we do not have the book you are looking for then why not suggest that the book be bought for stock at your local library. You can do this at the library or through the library catalogue.

Read a book you enjoyed?

Why not tell us about it and we'll post your review on the Recommended Reads  pages.

Contact your local Community Libraries  for information on library membership, requests and activities within the library.

Creative Writing Festival 2013

The 2013 Creative Writing Festival took place at the Belmont Picturehouse on Wednesday 18th September 2013.

The Festival was recorded, and can be viewed as a video here:


Writers leading the workshops were Alan Bissett and Lynda Radley (play writing) Helen Lynch and Allan Wilson (prose) and Elspeth Murray and Wayne Price (poetry). The Festival was opened by Gayle Gorman, Director of Education, Culture and Sport.

Creative Writing Festival 2013

Steven Knox, Chair; Allan Wilson; Wayne Price; Alan Bissett; Gayle Gorman
Helen Lynch; Lynda Radley; Elspeth Murray


This collection of writing follows on from the Creative Writing Festival and includes contributions from the writers who led workshops on the day as well as the young people who took part.  

  Creative Writing Festival booklet 2013 



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