Library re-opens after break-in and ceiling collapses

Bishopbriggs Library
Bishopbriggs Library

A popular library has re-opened after it was forced to close twice in one week after it was broken into and a ceiling collapsed.

Thieves targeted Bishopbriggs Library in the early hours of Wednesday, September 10. A sum of cash was stolen.

The building was closed the following morning, but as there was no significant damage to the building or its contents it re-opened in the afternoon.

Ann Davie, director of customer services and transformation, said: “This is very disappointing and we are helping the police with their enquiries.

“We apologise to local people for any inconvenience caused.”

Inspector John Hunter, communities inspector at Bishopbriggs Police Office, said: “We are currently 
dealing with the break in to Bishopbriggs Library where a sum of cash was taken and appeal to the public for information to help us identify the persons responsible for this crime.

“It may be that there has been someone watching the area beforehand so if you saw anyone behaving in a suspicious manner near to the library or have any other information please pass this to Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile the library had to shut for a second time on Friday after a ceiling collapsed. It was closed over the weekend and re-opened yesterday (Monday).

Mark Grant, general manager of East Dunbartonshire Leisure Culture Trust, said: “We apologise sincerely to local people for any inconvenience caused because of this closure.”

Members of the public were told they could use other libraries as well as online services for renewing items.

Two councillors’ surgeries - Councillor Anne McNair and Councillor Gordan Low - which were due to take place in the library on Saturday were relocated to Bishopbriggs War Memorial Hall.

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