Hillhead Library among 90 city venues given opening dates

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Hillhead and Mitchell libraries and Kelvingrove art gallery are among 90 city venues that have finally been given dates to reopen.

Glasgow Life has outlined when it expects halls, libraries and gyms to welcome back the public.

The city body that runs leisure services says venues will reopen subject to local infections rates being favourable. 

From Monday 26 April, the charity will reopen some of the city’s most iconic venues.

These include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and the Emirates Arena.

The Mitchell Library will reopen on Tuesday April 27.

Places like Hillhead Library have been shut for more than a year. The Byres Road hub is expected to open again on April 26. 

Visitor numbers will be restricted at all Glasgow Life venues due to social distancing, and for some venues advance booking will be required. 

Full details on how to book, and further information on visiting venues safety will be published on the charity’s website soon.

Dr Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life, said: “As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is at the heart of Glasgow’s communities. 

“We deliver some of the city’s most used and most valued services, and we care passionately about what we do.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact, but with the easing of Scottish Government restrictions from the end of April, people will once again be able to access many of the Glasgow Life services they enjoy and rely on.

Mitchell Library
Mitchell Library

“Visits will look a little different as we ensure that facilities are safe for everyone. 

“We look forward to welcoming people back into our city’s museums, libraries and sports facilities in the weeks and months ahead.”

Leisure service face extreme financial challenges ahead after seeing their budgets cut by more than 13% due to the pandemic.

‘The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact, but with the easing of Scottish Government restrictions from the end of April, people will once again be able to access many of the Glasgow Life services they enjoy and rely on’

Dr Bridget McConnelL

 Last month, Glasgow City Council confirmed it would provide a safety net of £100 million to stabilise Glasgow Life’s financial position. 

Prior to the pandemic, Glasgow Life’s operating budget was £115.5m.

The funding guarantee from Glasgow City Council will support Glasgow Life to recover from the impact of the pandemic.


  • For a full list of venues and indicative dates when they are expected to open see here.
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