Supporters of Westerton Library

Supporters of Westerton Library

The Supporters of Westerton Library (SWeL) is a formally constituted group of local residents, volunteering  their time  to support our local library, in Westerton - East Dunbartonshire.   Our aims are to encourage and support use of this important, inclusive local amenity - and to provide help in organizing events, talks, fund-raising and other activities  which are directed to support the use and continued presence of the Library - for the positive benefit of all ages and sectors of the Community.

Westerton Library Opening Hours

Revised Opening Hours:

Up to date list of all library opening hours at :


"Off The Shelf" Evening Events - Westerton Library
- (previously) Mondays 6.30pm-7.30pm

In 2019, the group held a popular series of Talks by Local Westerton People - in Westerton Library.

FREE (but limited number) of Tickets were available to pick up at Westerton Library - or people could just turn up on the night.

Once current government restrictions are lifted, more details of resumption of events, etc will be published here.   Stay Safe, everyone.

Previous Autumn Events - @ Westerton Library

-  Ticketed event - EDLC's booking page here: 

Bookbug Sessions at Westerton Library!

These sessions are run by EDLC - see the events page for booking details.

Exhibitions and past talks @ Westerton Library

Past "Off The Shelf" Events have included:

NEXT MEETING of SWeL (Supporters of Westerton Library) Group:  

Committee meeting : Date tbc

Please get involved.    Help Use, and help Save our wonderful Library!

The Threat of Closure of our Library

In early November 2018, it was revealed that there was a proposal by EDLC to close Westerton Library.    EDLC (East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust) is a council-owned organisation, which operates cultural services including libraries.  Its board voted to close three village libraries (Westerton, Lenzie and Milton of Campsie) as part of cost-saving efforts across the East Dunbartonshire authority area.

Link to Minutes of EDLCs 31 Oct 2018 Board Meeting here.

Why should we keep the Library?

Some would argue that in these days of internet-downloads, e-readers and the like, libraries have less relevance.  This couldn't be further from the truth:

Reading is important.   A love of books sets children up for life. Libraries are crucial as a gateway to the world of fiction, imagination and fostering a love of learning, as well as a place where kids, adults and the elderly can go to get expert librarian help and guidance to find answers to questions, look things up on the internet and reference books, and discover new interests.

If you feel strongly about this issue - please write to all your local Councillors

(for Councillors and others' email addresses see links below)

Your views are important - results of the recent survey here.

If you missed the online survey, and wish to give further feedback, please feel free to use this form

What can I do to help?

Firstly, let your friends, neighbours, and others be aware of these plans before it's too late.  Get the word out!

Secondly, JOIN the Library, if you haven't already!  Borrow some books.  You might even discover some new authors or new interests.  Use it and support it!    It's simple to join - here's info on how to:

Thirdly,  email/write to all of your East Dunbartonshire Councillors.   These are the ones which will vote on proposal decision by the full Council at a meeting.    

State your concerns and ask your Councillors to represent you and vote against a closure.

Local Councillors (East Dunbartonshire Council - Ward 3 - Bearsden South):

Write to your local MSPs and MP too!

MSP: (constituency)   Rona Mackay (SNP) - email  

MP: (UK Parliament)  Amy Callaghan (SNP) - email 

MSPs: (West Scotland Regional List)

Fourthly, look to get involved to help your local support group.  They are on social media, such as Facebook - use this link, or search for "Supporters of Westerton Library".      Contribute your views and thoughts on what we can do to  secure the library's future.    Alternatively, Campaign Group can be  reached at:

EDLC themselves invite comments, feedback and suggestions on their own site at this page.  Please give them your views!

Do you have any particular expertise, skills or contacts that might help with the campaign?   Every little helps!

Please help support your local Library! 

Your support will make the difference!

Would recommend having a look at the CILIPS site.   CILIPS are an organisation that represent Scotland's library and information professionals.

In particular, worth reading about the #LibrariesMatter campaign:

Westerton Library - Online Survey (November/December 2018) - Detailed Results - 

There are more links to articles and information on  our Links Page

If you wish to contact the Westerton Library Supporters Group by email, the address is:

We have a committee of 14 people. The first committee meeting was on 25th February at the library at 6.30pm.   We will be holding regular meetings, and we aim to address a number of actions that came out of the public meeting and keep you posted on our progress.    All of the Community are welcome to come along and contribute support, and make your views known.

Westerton Library Opening Hours - Monday, Tues,Thurs, Friday