Doors Open Days | Libraries

Unlock Scotland This September

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates places and stories, old and new. North Lanarkshire Libraries are pleased to be involved with the festival this year, giving you the chance to discover more about some of our historic and unique buildings and facilities.

Find out below what events and activities we have planned to celebrate Doors Open Days.


Airdrie Observatory

Saturday 16 September, 11am – 3pm

Free – no booking required

Located at the top of Airdrie Library, Airdrie Observatory is one of only four public observatories operating in the UK.

The Observatory is owned by North Lanarkshire Council and operated on their behalf by the Airdrie Astronomical Association (AAA). It is of significant historical and scientific interest, and has been an integral part of Airdrie since it was first established in 1896.

Following recent major refurbishment work, the Observatory is now once again fully functioning and truly is a unique facility within North Lanarkshire. Members of Airdrie Astronomical Association will be on hand during Doors Open Days to provide advice, hints and tips on all your space-related questions.

A visit to the Observatory is a rewarding experience for all ages.


Cumbernauld Library

Saturday 16 September, 

Free – no booking required

Cumbernauld FM – Living History Project | All day 

Join the Cumbernauld FM team as they present the Living History Project – a video and audio history of the town and surrounding areas with stories by those who were there. It’s a fascinating insight into life in the town and sure to be of interest to all generations.

Stay and Play | All day

Visit the library to relax and have fun with our selection of classic board games available to enjoy.

Old Cumbernauld with Adam Smith | 1.30pm

Join local Councillor and Cumbernauld Historian Adam Smith for a talk about the town and picture show of the area through the years. With a vast knowledge of Cumbernauld, Adam’s presentation will be of interest to anyone who would enjoy discovering more about the history of the town.